Healthy eating during the holiday season can be a challenge. Try these five food substitutions (and others like them) to cut down on the calories without denying yourself the nostalgic treats you love.
Baked apples instead of apple cobbler or pie
Though apples are sweet, much of an apple pie or cobbler’s calories are in its crust and the added sugar that goes into the filling. Baking fresh apples with cinnamon and spices can deliver many of the same flavors without the empty carbs and fat.
Popcorn and nuts instead of party mix
Pop and season your own popcorn in the microwave for a light treat that satisfies your crunch craving. Add protein-packed nuts for extra appetite control and long-lasting satisfaction. They’re a much healthier alternative to sugary snack mixes.
Fresh fruit salad instead of fruitcake
Many of the flavors in fruitcake—the ginger, nutmeg, allspice, orange zest—are naturally low or no calorie. Try making a spiced rum fruit salad to enjoy a sweet, slightly boozy bite that won’t add the same padding to your waistline.
Turkey instead of holiday ham
Turkey’s not just for Thanksgiving! This lean protein can also be a flavorful alternative to holiday ham or roast red meat. Just watch out for sweet or fatty glazes or cooking methods that add to the calorie count!
Hot tea instead of hot cider or cocoa
Today’s hot beverage market makes it easy for you to find low- or no-calorie teas and herbal infusions to warm you on cold winter nights. Instead of cider or cocoa, reach for a new blend until you find one that fits the season.
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