5 Healthy Swaps to Make During the Holidays
The holidays make it easier than ever to “eat, drink, and be merry.” But, if you’re trying to watch your sugar intake or eat a little healthier, the temptation of sweets and rich food around every corner can be tough! Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy the holidays without sacrificing some of your favorite items. Here are some of our favorite ways to make healthy swaps during the holidays.
Choose Dark Chocolate Over Milk Chocolate
Dark chocolate may be considered an “acquired taste,” but it’s worth it. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and is known for being an anti-inflammatory. A higher percentage of cocoa in chocolate means more health benefits and less sugar.
Opt for Mashed Sweet Potatoes Over Regular Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a classic staple during holiday dinners, but have you thought to opt for mashed sweet potatoes instead? Sweet potatoes are full of vitamin A and antioxidants, and the skin is packed full of fiber. Serve with a sprinkle of some cinnamon and a dash of maple syrup (bonus points if it’s sugar-free).
Serve Hummus Dips Instead of Cream Cheese Dips
Veggie trays with cream cheese dips are another staple you’re sure to see around the table this year, but you can indulge in a healthier alternative by swapping the cream cheese for hummus. Hummus is still a crowd-pleaser but has fewer calories and less fat than a traditional cream cheese dip.
Add More Cinnamon to Your Desserts
Don’t sleep on cinnamon as a healthy alternative to some of your favorite holiday dishes. Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and has been proven to help lower blood sugar levels. Adding some cinnamon to some baked apples or roasted pecans makes for a feel-good holiday treat that won’t put you in a sugar coma.
Alternatively, if you’re feeling like you overdid it on the desserts, brew a cup of cinnamon tea. Not only will it have you feeling warm and cozy, but you’ll also feel less bloated from all the sugar.
Don’t Deep-Fry Your Turkey: Roast It!
Deep-fried turkey is a tasty entree to serve during the holidays, but the calories add up quickly. Instead, roast your turkey in the oven. This option has fewer calories and less fat but is still just as delicious.
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