Healthier Holiday Cooking

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As the holidays approach we start thinking about all the delicious seasonal foods. If you are cooking this holiday season and want to lighten up your offerings without sacrificing taste, Try swapping out a few ingredients in your favorite recipes with some of these simple tips.

  • In sauces or dips, instead of using regular sour cream try: reduced-fat sour cream, plain yogurt, or 1% low fat cottage cheese.
  • In most recipes, instead of using whole milk try: skim milk; nonfat powdered milk
  • Instead of using whipping cream try: evaporated milk, nonfat evaporated milk
  • Instead of using 2 whole eggs try: 1 whole egg plus two egg whites, 4 egg whites
  • Instead of using mayonnaise in tuna salad try: non-fat plain yogurt;
  • Instead of butter, lard, or margarine, Substitute with: olive oil, canola oil or applesauce
  • Instead of full-fat cheese, Substitute with: light cheese, reduced-fat cheese, nonfat cheese, or try smaller amounts of strongly flavored cheese
  • Instead of using flour (white), Substitute with: substitute 1/2 of the flour with whole wheat flour

Use these substitutions to create a tasty and healthier holiday menu. Focus on occasionally enjoying small portions of your favorite treats and experiment with creating healthier versions of your favorite recipes for more nutrients in each delicious bite.

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