By: Tray Oates
The holiday season is associated with family, friends, and most importantly – food! The combination of the cold weather and the festivities will most certainly make us crave calorie dense food, or foods with high amounts of calories; however, the holidays do not need to be a time to fatten up for the winter. Instead, they can be used to try out many different healthy dishes.
Substituting high fat, high salt, and high sugar dishes with healthier options can be a part of anyone’s holiday traditions. Plain Greek yogurt is a great alternative to sour cream because it is low fat and high in protein. If low sodium is what you’re aiming for, try seasoning dishes with rice vinegar for taste instead of salt. Healthy alternatives are as easy as switching plain sugar out with honey. Both ingredients are very sweet, but honey has a lower glycemic index, meaning that it will digest slower in the body and prevent an intense spike in blood sugars. Generally, adding fiber to any recipe will make it inherently healthier just by simply substituting whole grain ingredients. For more ingredient swap ideas, check out NCHPAD’s Holiday Survival Guide
and Healthy Holiday Meals