What if you could eat healthier over the holidays without sacrificing sweet treats? It may seem unbelievable, but you can. All you have to do is swap out processed ingredients with more nutritious, lower-calorie alternatives.
Here are some examples.
Instead of using sugar for baking, try using:
- 1 cup of applesauce (for cakes, cookies and muffins)
- 6 dates or prunes (for cookies and sweet breads)
- 1/2 cup raw honey (for cookies, cakes and sweet breads)
- 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
Instead of using butter, oil or shortening, you can use:
- 1 cup of pureed avocado
- 3/4 cup of mashed banana
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce, plus 1/2 cup of fat
- 1 cup of nonfat Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds, plus one cup of water
Instead of eggs, you can use:
- 2 egg whites or 1/4 cup of egg substitute
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, plus one cup of water
- 1/4 cup of pureed silken tofu
- You can also replace one cup of chocolate chips with one cup of cacao nibs, one cup of Rice Krispies with one cup of brown rice cereal plus two tablespoons of flax meal and one cup of all-natural, whole-grain graham crackers for one cup of crushed cookies.
This kind of creativity is important during the holidays, and not just when it comes to gift giving. By thinking outside the box, you can find ways to cut calories and make this holiday season your healthiest yet!