Healthy Holiday Swaps

The problem with the holidays isn’t usually copious amounts of weight gain. It’s the fact that most people never lose the excess pounds they put on over the holidays, but instead, continue to gradually put on weight year after year.

One way to achieve a healthy waistline is to swap out those high calorie, high fat dishes for options that are better for you and still just as tasty. H-E-B has easy holiday swaps that will help prevent sneaky weight gain this holiday season. Try these tips from your H-E-B Registered Dietitians

 
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Easy Healthy Holiday Swaps

Easy Healthy Holiday Swaps

Mashed Potatoes

For mashed potatoes, swap Greek yogurt instead of butter and sour cream. Greek yogurt helps to provide the creamy texture we enjoy with higher protein, lower fat, and less calories overall. Swapping 1/4 cup of butter for 1/4 cup of H-E-B Plain Greek Yogurt can save you more than 300 calories and 20 grams of fat per serving.

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Greeb Bean Casserole

Greeb Bean Casserole

Vegetables

Instead of green bean casserole opt for roasted brussel sprouts (or cauliflower) with chopped butternut squash and scallions. Drizzle with your favorite olive oil and toss with roasted pecans or almonds for an extra layer of flavor. Plus the vitamin C content of the squash can help boost the uptake of iron from the Brussels sprouts. Not to mention saving you over 200 calories per 1 cup serving.

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healthy swap for dip

Swap for Dips

Dips

Choose hummus and whole grain chips (or veggies) versus your favorite calorie laden dips and appetizers. Boost fiber, protein, and healthy fats while reducing calories, saturated fat and sodium.

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Desserts

Desserts

Desserts

Instead of frozen desserts use phyllo dough to prepare fresh baked fruit tarts. Sprinkle with cinnamon and cloves for added flavor without adding sugar. The fresh fruits will boost the fiber content of your desserts, as well as reduce added sugars. The swap from traditional pie crust to phyllo dough can save you nearly 300 calories per serving.

 
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healthy swap for egg nog

Apple Cider

Drinks

Instead of egg nog, opt for spiced apple cider. Boost the antioxidant content by making green tea cider with cinnamon and cloves. Or use pumpkin spice extract combined with almond milk to make a delicious pumpkin spice latte. Making the switch from whole milk to almond milk can save you nearly 100 calories and 10 grams of carbs per serving.
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Pie

Pie

Pie

When it comes to dessert, know that not all pies are created equal. Well, not in calories at least. Pick pumpkin pie if you are looking to reduce calories. Most pumpkin pies average about 320-350 calories per slice versus a pecan pie which may average between 420-500 calories per slice. Even better- share with a friend to get the perfect-sized dessert for that sweet tooth craving.