Healthy Takes on Your Holiday Favs!

Everyone knows that food doesn’t get any better than your favorite beloved holiday meals. And between holiday parts and family gatherings, it’s easy to get off track in maintaining a healthy diet. Unfortunately, many holiday treats can be high in calories…and low in nutritional value. So, the question stands: Is there a way to eat healthy during the holidays without missing out on the fun? Lucky for all of us, the answer is yes!   

The holidays are actually a great opportunity to make some new favorite dishes and share them with loved ones. Check out our Top 5 simple holiday substitutions for a healthy take on holiday meals. 


Instead of mashed potatoes, try Mashed Cauliflower

Just because you’re craving this comfort food doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same flavors without the carbohydrate overload. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to notice the difference between cauliflower and turnip alternatives to traditional mashed potatoes. Not to mention, it’s a sneaky way to eat your vegetables.   

Instead of green bean casserole, try these Roasted Green Beans 

  Casseroles are calorie traps! Between cream-heavy bases and extreme amounts of cheese, you’ll feel full without having received any nutritional benefits. But tasty vegetables like green beans don’t need to be drowned in cream of mushroom soup to be delicious. Try complementing their natural flavor with these herbs and spices for a fresh take.     

Instead of candied yams, try this Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

  While delicious, no doubt, candied yams, and sweet potato casserole are essentially desserts and are often saturated in ingredients like butter and brown sugar.   Instead of creamed spinach and/or spinach artichoke dip, try these Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms   Much like your favorite casserole, spinach dips are often full of creams and cheeses that means a few bites can easily rack up a hundred calories. But thanks to the substitution of marvelous mushrooms (a great strategy to make healthy takes on lots of dips), you can enjoy these spinach dishes while cutting fat.   

Instead of a glass of a cocktail of a glass of wine, try this White Wine Spritzer 

  While you’re making an effort to eat healthy this holiday season, it’s easy to let healthy drinking habits slip your mind. In reality, sugary cocktails can add up to majorly affect your weight loss journey. This year, discover a new favorite drink in this spritzer. By mixing your favorite wine with sparkling water or club soda, you can cut back on how much wine (and sugar) is actually going into your body. Not to mention no next-day hangover!   

What are some of the holiday foods you’re most looking forward to this year, and do you have any healthy alternatives you’d like to share? Let us know @oberausa 


And for more information regarding healthy eating habits this holiday season, stay tuned for next week’s blog.

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