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Healthy Holidays

Healthy Holidays! Festive Treats! 

Lighten traditional favorites – and swap in new, healthier dishes. 

  • Try pumpkin custard. Adapt a pumpkin-pie filling recipe with sugar substitute for half the sugar; two egg whites each for one or two whole eggs; and low-fat evaporated milk. Bake in custard cups treated with cooking spray. 
  • Layer thinly sliced sweet potatoes and sliced apples, sprinkling dried cranberries over each layer. Pour apple cider with a teaspoon each of honey and cinnamon over top - cover with foil and bake 'til tender. 
  • Make healthy and flavorful stuffing. Replace white bread or croutons with your choice of whole grain breadcrumbs, corn bread, cooked wild rice, and lightly sauteed mushrooms. Use more broth and egg whites to moisten, while reducing butter and whole eggs. 
  • Layer bite-size squares of angel food cake with sliced strawberries and kiwi fruit, and low-fat vanilla pudding. Garnish with reduced fat whipped topping. 
  • Look for lower fat latke recipes, and chicken tzimmes recipes. 
  • Kwanzaa meals often feature a bounty of healthy fruits and vegetables. Traditional favorites like black eyed peas and collard greens can be flavored with broth and lean ham or Canadian bacon rather than bacon or fatback. Communal dishes like gumbos and stews offer many low-fat and flavorful options. 
  • Try steamed or braised versions of Chinese New Year or spring festival foods like fish and dumplings. 
  • If a family member has diabetes, visit: http://www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/recipes/.