Holiday food swaps: Healthy alternatives to make in your kitchen

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You can still have a delicious holiday dinner with healthier food choices. Have you considered using simple food swaps in your kitchen?


The holidays are known for overindulging in sweets, destroying diet promises and eating too many calories. Although you may want to enjoy a few treats this season, you can balance things with healthy food swaps in your kitchen during the holidays. The following ideas are easy to implement, and you can find all of the ingredients in a grocery store.

Change Your Holiday Dips

Most holiday dips are creamy and filled with fat, but you can easily make them with healthier alternatives. Instead of using full-fat sour cream, you want to select low-fat versions or try plain Greek yogurt. You do not have to adjust the recipes because you can use the same amount of Greek yogurt. However, you may want to avoid non-fat yogurt because the texture and taste of your dips will be affected.

Update Your Potatoes

Potatoes are part of many comfort food dishes during the holidays, but there is a healthier alternative. You can switch to sweet potatoes by baking or roasting them. They are healthier than plain potatoes and have fewer calories than yams.

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Change Your Gravy

Gravy is part of many holiday traditions, but you do not have to stick with the full-fat version. You can skip using all the fatty drippings from your pans and pots. Instead, you can make a turkey and chicken broth version that is lower in fat and calories yet is still thick enough to use at the table.

Rethink Your Heavy Cream

Many recipes call for heavy cream, but you can use coconut milk that is better for you. You simply have to make sure you get the full-fat coconut milk version. It can provide a rich and creamy texture that is similar to heavy cream. You can take a can of coconut milk and leave it in the refrigerator, so it separates.

Change Your Oil and Butter

In many cases, you can use applesauce or mashed bananas instead of fattening oils or butters. This food swap works best for baking, and you can experiment with your recipes. Mashed bananas can add sweetness to your recipes with the added benefit of extra potassium. Applesauce can help you reduce both the fat and calories in your recipes.

Your holiday meals can still be amazing and delicious with a few simple substitutions. You can make healthier dishes with less fat and fewer calories. Food swaps do not have to be complicated.