One way to cut your calorie intake and beef up beneficial nutrients during the holiday season is to modify traditional recipes. Try to increase the nutrition level of your holiday favorites with these ingredient substitutions and ideas:
Healthy Baking Substitutes
1 cup of sugar = 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
1 whole egg = 2 egg whites
1 cup of sour cream = 1 cup of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
1 cup of butter = 1 mashed avocado
Tips and tricks
1) If you’re making stuffing or dressing from scratch, replace 1/2 of the bread in the recipe with whole grain bread. Add some vegetables and a bit of softened dried fruit (apricots or apples are nice) to increase the volume of the stuffing while increasing the nutritional value.
2) Make your mashed potatoes with sweet potatoes or 1/2 white and 1/2 sweet. You can add some applesauce to the sweet potatoes to increase the sweetness and cut the calories while adding a creamy consistency.
3) Stir some wheat germ or nuts into stuffing or sprinkle on top of casseroles to add nutrients and crunch.
4) Add some Grape-Nuts cereal to the pecan pie topping. You can also add cranberries to a pecan pie to cut the richness and add bright color.