Check out more of these healthy holiday food swaps from Everyday Health, and you can have a festive holiday without the flab!
Skip: Cranberry Sauce
Eat This Instead: Cranberry Relish
Why: Yes, even one little side dish can be packed with sugar, corn syrup and added sweeteners. Just a fourth of a cup can have more than 100 calories. If you make your own cranberry relish and cut back on the sugar content and/or use sugar substitutes, you’re guaranteed to have a healthier holiday side dish.
Skip: Green Bean Casserole
Eat This Instead: Fresh Green Beans
Why: Just because green beans are in the name, doesn’t necessarily make green bean casserole a healthy dish. Skip the full-fat cream of mushroom soup and French-fried onions this year—just cut and steam fresh green beans and sprinkle them with slivered almonds instead!
Skip: White Flour Rolls
Eat This Instead: Whole-Wheat Rolls
Why: Did you know that a single dinner roll has about 100 to 200 calories? If you have to have bread at the dinner table, replace white flour with whole wheat in your recipe.
Eat This Instead: Cider
Why: It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that a rich and creamy drink like eggnog has an upwards of 250 calories and more than half of your daily dose of saturated fat. Opt for a glass of hot apple cider instead—you instantly save 100 to 150 calories and all the fat!
Skip: Pecan Pie
Eat This Instead: Pumpkin Pie
Why: Nothing says the holidays like sweets! What would be a party without desserts anyway? Just be smart about it—a slice of pecan pie has about 500 calories. So save 200 calories and have a slice of pumpkin pie instead!
Don’t forget to stop at you local Sparkle Market for all of your healthy holiday party needs!
Happy holidays, everyone!