Healthy Alternative Foods to Try this Holiday


Sinfully oily foods rich in bad cholesterol have a way of creeping into our diets during the endless partying holiday season. So it’s no wonder that the average person gains 1 to 2 pounds between Christmas eve’s Noche Buena and New Year’s Day. Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening if you would do some tweaks to your menu. Yes, can make your menu cut down on calories and unhealthy fats by giving alternative meals rather than the usual ones.

Use Greek Yogurt instead of Sour Cream


For your side dish that requires sour cream, mashed potatoes, casserole sauces–they can instantly be made healthier by subbing in an equal amount of plain, nonfat Greek yoghurt into a recipe. Greek yoghurt tastes nearly identical to nutrition-devoid sour cream while adding protein to your dishes.

Cauliflower rice instead of mashed potato


Mashed potatoes racks up 200 calories alone (that’s even before all the butter and gravy). Cut down the carbs by making mashed cauliflower or cauliflower rice instead. It has the same texture and similar flavor, in addition to being more waistline-friendly, cauliflower is loaded with vitamin C.

Grilled fruit instead of pies


Substitute your good ‘ol pie for baked, roasted or grilled fruit. Minus the buttery, carb-heavy, calorie-dense crust, this is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Sauteed spinach over creamed spinach


Spinach is a nutrient dense, but you’re negating its health benefits when you make creamed spinach, because it becomes loaded with saturated fat. Instead, saute the leafy green in heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil. Add garlic, top the dish with bell pepper for an extra sweetness and crunch.

Veggie and shrimp skewers instead of meat and cheese plate


Grill or roast veggies like zucchini, squash, onions or pepper serve on skewers are easy for grabbing. For added flavor, you could alternate it with shrimps. Kabobs made from veggies and shrimps are not only fiber-enriched but are also rich in vitamins A and K, potassium and manganese.

When you try these simple yet easy-to-follow healthy stuff for holidays, you would be seeing the big difference between the traditional and healthier versions. So adding on weight will no longer be a problem for you.

Vance Madrid

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