· Substituting a vegetable for a starch will help you cut out some major calories. Also, vegetables tend to be more “nutrient dense” than starches, meaning they have more nutrients per calorie. Whipping up a mock mashed potato recipe like Mashed Cauliflower can satisfy your craving for the whipped, creamy texture of mashed potatoes, but with a little less guilt.
· There seems to be some unwritten rule that during the holidays you are required to eat only foods in casserole form. Breakfast casserole, green bean casserole, and sweet potato casserole are all holiday favorites, but did you know that vegetables can be just as delicious and flavorful when roasted or baked? Try recipes like Garlic and Thyme Green Beans or Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples that can help cut down on calories and brighten up your plate.
· Everyone deserves a little dessert, but beware, not all desserts created equally. When browsing the dessert buffet, select a Classic Pumpkin Pie over a pecan pie. Pumpkin Pie has less sugar and calories, and is loaded with beta-carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A. When it comes to sweets, serving sizes must be observed. Remember, one serving of pie is 1/8th of the total pie.
And don’t forget, enjoying the holidays without going overboard can help make those New Year’s resolutions that much easier to achieve!
Elizabeth Milne, MS, RD, LD