The holidays are sneaking up on us again, and the marathon of food and parties will be here before you know it. If you want to enjoy all of it, but still feel good about it, here are some easy ingredient swaps that can help you make your holidays recipes a little bit healthier
For baking and desserts
Substitute some of the oil the recipe calls for for applesauce. It will add moisture and richness, and you’ll be cutting calories and fat.
Substitute eggs for a mixture of ground flax seeds and water. You’ll be adding healthy fats and fiber, and eliminating the cholesterol. 1 tablespoons of ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons of water equals 1 “flax egg”.
Use fruit like mashed bananas and soaked dates to replace some of the sugar.
Add herbs and spices to enhance the flavor of your dishes, without adding extra salt. Adding cinnamon to desserts enhanced their sweetness, too!
Use vegan cream cheese to reduce fat and add creaminess to your soups, purees, baked goods and desserts. GO VEGGIE ‘s cream cheese is the perfect alternative to its dairy counterpart. It’s also vegan, free of dairy, gluten and cholesterol and lower in saturated fat and calories than dairy cream cheese. The perfect option for anyone with dietary sensitivities or simply looking to improve their heart or overall health. It’s also preservative free and, one of our favorite things, non-GMO. It’s perfect for reduce the fat in baking and cutting down calories, saturated fat and cholesterol, but still keeping it rich, creamy and decadent.
Load up with veggies. Sneak in shredded zucchini and carrots into some of your favorite baked goods, add mashed steamed cauliflower or celery root to your mashed potatoes, or roasted root vegetables to your stuffing.
Use bean or pulse pasta instead of regular wheat pasta. They add lots of protein and fiber, and they make a great entree for your vegan and vegetarian guests.