5 tips for a healthier holiday meal

As the holidays approach, you may be wondering if there’s any way to make healthy choices. The good news is there are many simple ways to adjust your habits and your meal to suit a healthier lifestyle. Here are some tips from the American Heart Association to keep your holidays healthy and delicious.

  1. Watch your portions. By reducing the size of your portions you are still able to enjoy more of your favorites. Be generous with portions of vegetables and lean meats, and take smaller shares of decadent desserts and casseroles. However, watch out for vegetables (such as mashed potatoes) that are swimming in butter or cream sauce!
  2. Keep your potatoes sweet. Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to traditional potatoes thanks to their vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber. Try baked sweet potatoes and leave out the extra butter, sugar and marshmallows.
  3. Choose fresh cranberries. This year, ditch the canned cranberries, which are often loaded with added sugar and calories, and go for fresh mashed cranberries. You can prepare them in apple or orange juice and still reduce the sugar content significantly over the canned equivalent.
  4. Mash some cauliflower. Use cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes by mashing or pureeing cauliflower with low-fat milk. This substitute for traditional mashed potatoes provides a great texture and taste with fewer carbohydrates and calories.
  5. End with fruit. Try baked apples and poached pears to finish your feast. They make an excellent, light but sweet, end to your meal.

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