Having covered holiday eating situations in which you are the guest, what about the one(s) in which you are the host(ess)?
Here are some suggestions from a presentation by Holly Herrington, MS RD, before Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Healthy Transitions Program®.
Experiment with Recipes
Don’t feel like you have to make all the traditional food with 100 per cent traditional recipes and ingredients.
Feel free to swap high calories ingredients out and put low calories ones in. For example, you can use low-fat cheese, Greek yogurt vs sour cream, mustard vs mayo, applesauce vs oil, cinnamon vs sugar.
Most pumpkin pie recipes call for at least one cup of cream or evaporated whole milk and two eggs. Use evaporated skim milk and three egg whites to cut about 300 calories and 30 to 38 grams of fat from your pie.
Buy brown and serve bread rolls instead of the higher-fat crescent rolls to cut about 1100 extra calories and about 100 grams of fat per dozen.
Use light cream cheese instead of regular cream cheese in your dips, spreads and cheesecakes to cut about 16 grams of fat per cup of cream cheese.
Make a little less so the temptation is not so great to overeat.
Go easy on the gravy and opt for canned cranberry sauce on your turkey for a nutritious and fat-free option.
Replace the bread in your holiday stuffing with canned chestnuts, a nutritious and different alternative. To further lighten your stuffing and add valuable nutrients, mix in canned, chopped vegetables, too.
Serve meals in the kitchen instead of family-style on the table to avoid reaching for seconds out of convenience.
Put any leftovers in the freezer before sitting down ot eat so as not to be tempted for second helpings.
If you are baking for friends and family, spend a little extra time and money on individual packaging so you are less likely to dip into leftovers.
I hope these suggestions prove helpful to you in your holiday meal preparation. Please feel free to send in your own suggestions as well as substitutions.
You can read the entire Healthy Holiday eating series starting with Tips for Healthy holiday eating and scrolling backwards.
Happy and healthy holiday eating!