Healthy Holiday Food Swaps

I loveee the holidays, spending time with my kids and family but there’s always a lot of food. Sometimes I feel like festivities can last weeks, especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m obsessed with all the holiday food and sweets but the holiday weight gain can be real. I’m all about moderation and no restrictions, as you all know I live for a cheat meal. If you’re hosting or going to a bunch of holiday parties and dinners, I shared some healthy food swaps to not have you feeling guilty post dinner. 

Swap sweet potato casserole for roasted sweet potatoes

You can still enjoy the essential flavors of this dish by roasting sweet potatoes and seasoning them with all your favorite spices. You'll get that sweet flavor with less sugar and all the benefits.

Try half mashed cauliflower/half mashed potatoes

No one wants to give up mashed potatoes!! Try swapping out some of the potatoes for cauliflower. You won't notice much of a difference in taste, but you'll get plenty of benefits, as cauliflower is high in vitamin C!

Pick red wine over mixed drinks

Holiday mixed drinks can contain a ton of sugar. Try sipping on red wine or some mocktails. You won’t feel as bloated the next day. 

Hummus over the cheese tray

If the charcuterie board is part of your normal hangout, try switching up with hummus and veggies. Hummus is low in sodium, high in protein, healthy fats, and fiber.

Spaghetti squash in place of pasta

You can swap basically any pasta dish with spiralized veggies or spaghetti squash! It’s a low carb swap if you are trying to really follow a low carb diet but still make the classic holiday pasta dishes. 

Swap stuffing for roasted veggies

Stuffing is 100% carbs and it is the culprit for making you feel full after 2 bites. Opt for a side of super filling veggies. I love drizzling them with melted butter and sea salt on top, 10/10!

Skip the pie for baked apples

I neverrr say no to dessert but the calories can add up if you keep eating it every night between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Try baked apples, they are just as delicious and only include a small amount of added fat.  Plus, apples are rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients and fiber.

 

XO

Joie

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