It's the most wonderful time of the year....
It's also the time for cookies, cakes, sweet breads, stuffings, casseroles... Helloooo extra pounds! It is totally fine to enjoy unhealthy foods sometimes (#TreatYourself), but this list of swaps can make your holiday table a bit healthier.
Using nonfat yogurt in creamy dips bumps up the protein and cuts down on fat and calories. Salsas are also great, because they're usually full of healthy veggies, like our Farmers Market Salsa.
Whole wheat rolls are not only higher in fiber; They also have more texture and flavor!
This Butternut Harvest Chili is super hearty without all of the extra fat and calories of cream-based soups.
Pie crust and fillings tend to pack a lot more fat and calories into a small slice. Choose cobblers or crisps to lighten your dessert.
Some holiday veggies can hardly be called veggies anymore after adding all the fat, salt, and/or sugar. I'm looking at you, green bean casserole.
A festive drink with no calories from fat!
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This Homemade Eggnog uses non-fat milk instead of heavy cream! #stilldelicious
As you've probably heard before, eating raw or under-cooked eggs can result in food-borne illness. To enjoy your family's favorite holiday traditions while also staying safe, read the FDA's recommendations in this Food Safety blog about how to make homemade eggnog safely.
1. Poach Your Pears.
Ever tried it? They’re delicious! Check out our ‘Poached Pears’ video to learn how!
2. Pear Cobbler.
Substitute pears for apples in your favorite low‑fat cobbler recipe or try our Rise and Shine Cobbler
3. Sweet Soup.
Ever tried pears in soup? Check out our Sweet Potato‑Pear Soup recipe. Magnifique!
4. The Perfect Snack.
Have a delicious fresh pear as a sweet, juicy snack.
5. Pears Instead of Apples.
For a change in flavor, use pears in any way you would usually use apples.
6. Preserve Them.
Try your hand at canning pears. They’ll be waiting for you in your pantry anytime!
7. Pear Dip.
Try pears with a fruit dip.
8. Sweet Salads.
Pear slices can change an ordinary salad into a flavorful work of art! Check out our Savory Pear Salad or Pear Bistro Salad recipes.
9. Chutney & Salsa.
Pears can be a perfect partner for savory dishes. Try our Spicy Apple & Pear Chutney or Bartlett Pear and Mango Salsa over grilled pork, chicken, or fish.
10. Grilled Cheese and … Pear?
What flavor! Try adding thinly‑sliced pears to a grilled cheese sandwich or on your favorite panini (don’t forget to use whole wheat!).
SOURCE: Fruits and Veggies More Matters