Healthier holidays are happier holidays! For happy, healthy holiday baking, experiment with simple substitutions and tasty trade-ups for festive and flavorful food. Seasonal sweets become delightful dishes with small changes to traditional recipes. This year, enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the season – the smart and sensible way!
Be Ready with Recipe Reductions
For a healthier holiday twist on traditional recipes, consider reducing the fat, calories, and sodium in your festive favorites.
- To reduce fat, cut the amount in half and for the other half, substitute unsweetened applesauce, mashed bananas or pureed prunes. Use egg substitute in place of whole eggs. Use non-fat or light dairy products rather than the original version.
- To reduce sugar, cut one-third to one-half of the amount in the recipe.
- To reduce sodium, cut the amount by half or eliminate completely (except in recipes that include yeast).
- Be practical about portions. Limit the number of options available to limit the number of temptations. Serve smaller portions of dessert items by cutting into bite-sized pieces.
Enjoy the Extra Nutrients
Focus on fiber and pack in protein to make holiday baking scrumptious and satisfying.
- Add flax seed, chia seed or oatmeal to your recipes.
- Use whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour in breads, bars, muffins, pie crusts and cookies to turn tasty treats into satisfying sweets.
- Greek yogurt provides protein, helping you feel more satisfied.
Information provided by Molly Muchow, Hy-Vee Dietician, 4815 Maple Drive, Pleasant Hill, 515-262-7944.