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Ditch That, Dish This: 8 Healthy Holiday Food Swaps

 Holiday Meal Ditch and Dish: 8 Healthy Food Swaps

It’s that time of year again — when tempting holiday treats meet us at every turn. Holiday parties, dinners, and afternoon cookie making can quickly add on the pounds. But this holiday, Rachel Berman, RD, CSR, CD/N, the Director of Nutrition for CalorieCount.com, has put together a helpful list of healthy holiday food swaps. We’re happy to share 8 simple, real food swaps that will make holiday merriment much more enjoyable (and guilt-free!).

We’ve featured some of the biggest offenders, but for more information and ideas on a healthy holiday eating, head over to CalorieCount.com.

 

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  • Non-alcoholic Drinks 1 of 8
    Non-alcoholic Drinks
    Ditch: Eggnog (343 calories per 8 oz. serving)
    Dish: Sugar-free hot chocolate (60 calories per 8 oz. serving)

    High-calorie beverages are not as filling as you might think, so drinks like egg nog can really add on calories. For a sweet drink, consider sugar-free hot chocolate--this sweet sip has a fraction of the calories, and will leave you feeling warm and cozy.

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    Image Credit: Konstantin Ryabitsev
  • Cocktails 2 of 8
    Cocktails
    Ditch: White Russian (412 calories per 6 oz. serving)
    Dish: "Light" Russian (225 calories per 6 oz. serving)

    White russians are creamy and delicious, and it's easy to see why they were the drink of choice for "The Big Lebowski's" The Dude. It's also easy to see why The Dude was a tad rotund -- these creamy drinks have a ton of fat and calories. Lighten things up with a "Light" Russian using low-fat milk or half and half.

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  • Cold Starter 3 of 8
    Cold Starter
    Ditch: Cheese and crackers (306 calories for 5 crackers and 2 oz. serving of cheese)
    Dish: Shrimp cocktail (51 calories for 5 shrimp and cocktail sauce serving)

    Instead of high-fat cheese, opt for protein rich, light shrimp. That way, you're sure to have room for your holiday meal!


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  • Vegetable Side Dish 4 of 8
    Vegetable Side Dish
    Ditch: Green Bean Casserole (309 calories per 1 cup serving)
    
Dish: Grilled asparagus spears (84 calories per 6 spears)

    
Green bean casserole is loaded with fats and calories, and, since most use canned green beans, not a lot of nutritional value. This year, skip the casserole and serve up light, healthy grilled asparagus. A smidge of olive oil, squeeze of lemon, and pinch of salt will yield incredible flavor.

    

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  • Potato Side Dish 5 of 8
    Potato Side Dish
    Ditch: Scalloped Potatoes (214 calories per 1 cup serving)
    
Dish: Mashed Potatoes (109 calories per 1 cup serving)
    

    
Sub out fatty, cheesy scalloped potatoes for a healthy version of mashed potatoes. Use turkey broth to make them creamy, and garlic for flavor.
    

    
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  • Main Entrée 6 of 8
    Main Entrée
    Ditch: Honey Glazed Ham (283 calories, plus 1250 mg of sodium, per 5 oz. serving)
    
Dish: Beef Sirloin (274 calories, plus 120 mg of sodium, per 5 oz. serving)

    Skip the honey glazed ham, and opt for a lean cut of sirloin -- you'll be skipping a lot of added fats, sugar, and salt. 


    
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  • Dessert 7 of 8
    Dessert
    Ditch: Pecan Pie (676 calories, 40 grams of fat)
    Dish: Pumpkin Pie (made with low fat evaporated milk: 161 calories, 4.8 grams of fat; made with regular evaporated milk: 283 calories, 12.1 grams of fat)

    While delicious, pecan pie is brimming with sugar and fat. Instead, have a guilt-free slice of pumpkin pie. Pumpkin provides plenty of beta carotene, making for a nutrient-rich holiday treat. Make things even lighter by subbing in low fat evaporated milk, and add nutrients by using fresh pumpkin and a homemade whole wheat crust.

    

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  • Holiday Coffee Drinks 8 of 8
    Holiday Coffee Drinks
    Ditch: Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with whipped cream (410 calories, 15 grams of fat per 12 oz. serving)
    Dish: Pumpkin Spiced Latte with skim milk and no whipped cream (200 calories, 0 grams fat per 12 oz. serving)

    One thing's for sure this holiday season -- you're going to need some caffeine. Enjoy a guilt-free pick me up by ordering up a pumpkin spice latte instead of a high calorie peppermint mocha.

    
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