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3 Healthy Swaps for Holiday Favorites

Mark Neumann

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The holiday season brings a lot of staples: cookies, fudge, pasta, and red meats. Part of the joy of the holidays is being together and sharing a meal. If you look at the holidays as a time to “cheat” on your weight loss plan, you may be missing an opportunity to once-and-for-all move from a diet mindset, to a lifestyle change.

Here are some simple substitutions you can make to have your holiday meals and achieve your goals too.

Roasted Turkey is a Healthy Option

The holidays are filled with Christmas parties and work celebrations that feature some of the choicest of prime rib roasts, steaks, and other red meats. But the holidays are also a time when fresh, roasted turkey is an option on the menu as well. Why not indulge in this lean, protein rich main course that’s rarely available the rest of the year?

And with a recipe like this Roasted Turkey Breast with Peach Rosemary Glaze, you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything. Skip the stuffing and serve up an extra portion of vegetables alongside of it.

Sweet Potatoes You Can Live With

Speaking of sides, pass on the sugar glazed, marshmallow topped sweet potatoes this year. But don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Sweet potatoes are loaded with healthy nutrients that are well worth having.

Bring this Twice Baked Sweet Potato to your family dinner and you just might start a new family tradition. Or how about these Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Bundles? The fiber in asparagus will help you feel satiated, and the flavor combination can more than make up for skipping out on the mashed potatoes.

Desserts to Live For

Yes, no holiday meal would be complete without a special dessert to finish the meal. But why settle for a dessert loaded with sugar and fats when you can serve this decadent Dark Chocolate Covered Fruit tray? When was the last time you treated yourself to a red ripe strawberry dipped in high quality dark chocolate? After all, it’s Christmas. Don’t you deserve a really special treat this year?

You’ve worked hard to make a permanent lifestyle change, don’t let those habits you’ve formed slip away when there are so many great tasting, healthier substitutions you can make this holiday season.