A New Vision of Holiday Eating
By Cara Wefers
Indulging over the holidays can do more than stretch your waistline. The risk of having a heart attack may be increased after eating a large meal high in fat and calories. The good news is that you can enjoy the holidays in a healthy way.
Try these simple recipe changes from the American Heart Association (AHA) to reduce fat and calories while keeping the flavor:
Use egg substitutes or egg whites (two whites per one whole egg).
When a baking recipe calls for oil or butter, try a fruit puree, such as applesauce, instead.
Use less sugar than called for in pie recipes. Cut back the sugar to one-fourth the amount listed and add the sweetener sucralose, which can be successfully used in baking.
Use low-fat dairy products.
Change one ingredient at a time so that you know which changes you like best.
At holiday parties, you don’t always have control over the types of foods available. Make the best of your choices and cut back on portions:
Take only a sliver of your favorite desserts.
If you’re having pie, don’t eat all the crust, unless it's made from crushed graham crackers.
Sample the fresh fruit platter.
Eat a healthy meal before the party so that you don’t overindulge.
When you bring a dish to share, keep in mind that the guests may also be watching their eating habits. Offer healthy alternatives to feel good about what you’re serving.
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