Holiday Meals Made Healthy

Holiday Meals Made Healthy

It is easy to celebrate the holidays with your health in mind. With small menu changes, you can modify traditional holiday menus to lower the calories and fat content. Your friends and family won't even notice the difference, except in their waistlines.

Compare this traditional holiday menu with its leaner version from the American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide (3rd ed.):

Original Menu:

  • 3½ ounces roasted turkey with skin
  • ½ cup stuffing
  • ½ cup broccoli with 2 tbsp. hollandaise sauce
  • ½ cup cranberry relish
  • 1 medium crescent roll
  • 1 slice pecan pie
  • Total calories: 1,140; Total fat: 50 grams

Leaner Menu:

  • 3½ ounces skinless, roasted turkey
  • ½ cup wild rice pilaf
  • ½ cup broccoli with lemon juice
  • ¼ cup cranberry relish
  • 1 whole-grain roll
  • 1 slice pumpkin pie
  • Total calories: 735; Total fat: 20 grams

The leaner version contains less than ⅔ the calories and less than ½ the fat. Quite a difference with no loss of flavor.

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  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

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