The holidays are upon us and that means it’s time for the traditional food that we all know and love. Along with this can come unwanted guilt of overeating for multiple meals. But you can still enjoy these traditional meals without the guilt by focusing on moderation and making some adjustments to some traditional dishes. Below are some of our favorite tips to keep the holidays enjoyable and healthy at the same time!

  • Skip unnecessary toppings and add-ins like croutons, bacon, sour cream, shredded cheese or butter.
  • Mayo, sour cream, and cheese can sabotage the calories in any dip or casserole. Instead, try substituting reduced-fat Greek yogurt for mayo or sour cream. Thick, tangy fat-free Greek yogurt adds body and creaminess to dips/ casseroles for a fraction of the calories and contributes a shot of filling protein too.
  • Make sure you eat before you go to holiday party. This will help limit your amount of snacking on unhealthy appetizers.
  • To help with portion control, try using a smaller plate.
  • Use fat-free versions of creamy ingredients such as yogurt, sour cream, or whipped topping.
  • Instead of oil, margarine, or butter in baked items, substitute applesauce to reduce fat.
  • Find a healthier alternative to a classic dish such as mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. This will provide a similar taste and texture, higher levels of nutrients, and lower calorie count.
  • Eat a reasonably sized meal and then wait 20 minutes to see if you are still hungry before going back for seconds.
  • Pick two of your favorite holiday foods to indulge in, i.e. stuffing or dessert, and modify the foods outside of that to healthier options so you can still enjoy what matters most to you.
  • Use stevia in place of sugar in sauces, dressings and baked goods when possible.
  • Avoid grazing by limiting eating to just meal times.
  • Instead of using butter and salt to add flavor to dishes, use garlic, herbs & spices to add a little twist.