Health(ier) Holiday Favorites

It's easy to get off track when it comes to eating during the holidays. Although the traditional holiday table can be filled with high calorie and high fat foods, there are ways to save calories without sacrificing taste. Here we share healthy makeovers of some of your favorite dishes.


Apple and Fennel Stuffing
Whole wheat bread gives this side staying power. The fruits and veggies bulk up the dish, so a little goes a long way. A bit of turkey bacon adds another layer of flavor without adding many calories.

Green Bean Casserole
No one will miss the fat because of all the flavor in this light version of a classic Thanksgiving side dish.

Mashed "Potatoes"
No one will complain that this dish is actually potato-free. The delicate flavor of the cauliflower melds perfectly with a small amount of sour cream and cream cheese to make a scrumptious side.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Browned Garlic
If you think you hate Brussels sprouts, try this version before you completely give up on this healthy vegetable. Roasting the sprouts in the oven brings out a delightful nutty flavor that gets lost when they're boiled.

Holiday Spice Cookies
These tasty treats get a nutrition boost from whole wheat flour and a ton of flavor from cinnamon, ginger and allspice.

Healthy Egg Nog
You won't miss the fat in this holiday beverage since it packs plenty of taste with warm cinnamon and nutmeg and a hint of vanilla.

Faux-Tato Pancakes

You don't have to celebrate Hanukkah to appreciate these delicious latkes made with butternut squash and whole wheat flour.

Homemade Apple Sauce
This healthy sauce is perfect with potato pancakes! It also makes a great topping for breakfast pancakes or vanilla frozen yogurt.

This traditional braided bread is as full of symbolism as it is of flavor. Learn more about the Jewish faith while you bake and then enjoy this bread with friends and family.

Cheese Blintz

Whole wheat flour and non-fat yogurt turn this traditional treat into a healthier choice for the holidays.

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Too often changing the ingredients changes the mouth feel, making eating into a bland experience that is joyless. Report
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Now, I just need someone to cook all of these! ;-)) Report
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No matter what you think, no matter how you feel, the truth is you CAN do this. Report
I am excited to make the Jewish bread! Report
Thank you for including JEWISH food! It is never mentioned. Report
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The wonderful thing about recipes, is that you can take any of them and change them and make them healthier. Report

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Megan Patrick
Megan Patrick
Megan Lane Patrick has been a professional writer and editor for the past 16 years, and was a chronic dieter for at least 30. A combination of weight-loss surgery, mindful eating and daily exercise finally allowed her to maintain a weight loss of more than 100 pounds. When she's not lifting weights at the gym, you can find her walking shelter dogs as a volunteer for the SPCA.

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