Simple ingredient substitutions can help to make dishes just as tasty and better for you. For example, one 8-ounce cup of whole milk contains about 149 calories and 8 grams of fat. Instead, swap that with the same amount of skim milk at 86 calories and none of the fat. Or, eat only the white meat of your turkey with no skin rather than the dark meat with the skin left on. It’s lower in calories and fat.
Consider trying the following easy ingredient changes to your recipes this holiday season (or, throughout the whole year!):
Original Ingredient Substitute Ingredient(s)
1 cup oil for baking 1/4 cup oil, 1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup sour cream 1 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
1 cup shortening 3/4 cup olive oil
1 cup heavy cream 1 cup evaporated skim milk
1 lb 80% lean ground beef 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
Turkey drippings for gravy Vegetable oil for gravy
Canned, jellied cranberries Whole, fresh cranberries
Candied yams Fresh sweet potatoes
Cooked stuffing inside turkey Baked dressing in casserole dish
Butter/cream for mashed potatoes Broth, evaporated skim milk or plain low-fat Greek yogurt
Remember, while the holidays are notable for their delicious cuisine, emphasize the time you’re getting to spend with your loved ones. Enjoy the good company and maybe even start a family activity like going on a walk or playing flag football together to get everyone moving.