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4 Healthy Holiday Food Swaps

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The holidays are officially upon us and with them the large meals. If you’re looking for a few ways to add a little health to the holidays, try these simple meal swaps. We took everyone’s favorite holiday dishes and found healthier ways of preparing them. So now you can have all that yummy holiday goodness with a little less guilt, something you and your guests can all enjoy.

Mashed Cauliflower  

Nothing goes better with turkey than a heaping pile of mashed potatoes. But, if you want to add a pile of something with a little more nutritional value (and slightly fewer calories), opt for mashed cauliflower. Plus, cauliflower is loaded with choline, biotin, vitamin C, vitamin K… The list goes on!

Ingredients

1 head fresh cauliflower (don’t use frozen)

3 tablespoons butter

Salt, garlic salt, and black pepper to taste (about 1 teaspoon)

Remove heads of cauliflower and cut into pea size pieces. Steam for about 10-12 minutes. Add to food processor or blender with butter and blend for 30 seconds. The mixture should be blended but not runny. Season and enjoy!

(photo credit: Gimme Some Oven)

Healthier Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is a holiday table staple. As a kid you only ate it to enjoy the crunchy fried onion topping and ignored the mushy canned green beans that came with it. But, this homemade recipe from Gimme Some Oven uses all fresh ingredients and will have you begging for more. Plus, it has all the yummy, crunchy goodness that you crave.

Homemade Fresh Cranberry Sauce

If you grew up eating cranberry sauce that looked like an aluminum can, you are not alone. But controlling what goes into your food is how you can make healthier choices, especially during the holidays. Cranberry sauce is actually surprisingly easy to make. Maybe not quite as easy as using a can opener, but pretty darn close. Most recipes recommend using a whole cup of sugar but cranberries have such a great tart sweetness that they only need about a half cup.

Ingredients

1-12ounce package of fresh cranberries

1 cup water

½ cup sugar

Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to boil; add cranberries, return to boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and let cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time. Makes approx. 2 ¼ cups.

(photo credit: Delish.com)

Roasted Cauliflower Stuffing

We get it, enough with the cauliflower! But cauliflower is a great base and takes on any yummy flavor you add to it. Stuffing can be one of the most carbo loaded and sodium filled dishes on your holiday table so this simple roasted cauliflower stuffing from Delish.com is a perfect swap. It keeps all that yummy holiday flavor in a lighter, healthier bite. Get recipe here.

So give these healthier recipes a try. Cut some calories and load up on the nutrients, but most of all, have a very happy holiday season! 

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