With the holidays on the horizon, we’ve been gathering our favourite passed down recipes and trying to find ways to reinvent them for the sake of our healthy habits. With so many new options to cut down the calories, there is no need to worry about fitting into your favourite holiday dress. We definitely have you covered with 5 new healthy holiday food alternatives.
Reinvent your classic mash for a sweet potato alternative:
We just can’t get enough of this superfood, and this healthy holiday food alternative is jam packed with vitamin C, beta-carotene, folic acid and potassium, making them the perfect holiday side dish or starter. It’s time to retire your trusted white potato and swap it for it’s healthier cousin which only contains 160 calories, and 3 grams of fibre. Garnish your meals with low-fat sour cream, and sautéed mushrooms and onions for a heart healthy holiday meal.
Swap white rice for brown rice or quinoa:
This tasty and healthy holiday food alternative is the perfect substitution for any white rice meal. The reason why brown rice is much better for you than white is because whole grains have several good for you layers, and they are power packed with nutrients. As well, quinoa is technically a seed and has gained enormous popularity due to its high protein levels, and of course it’s gluten-free consistency. Mix these into your stir-fries, or soups for a fast and healthy holiday food alternative, and we promise your guests won’t even notice the difference.
Substitute your lasagna for an eggplant parmesan:
This no noodle healthy holiday alternative is the perfect recipe for anyone looking to cut calories, and serve lighter fare. A heavy lasagna, granted delicious and probably a fan favorite at your holiday table is also heavy in it’s calorie count and carb intake. Eggplant is power packed with essential Vitamins and minerals, and can be the perfect healthy meal when combined with low calorie parmesan cheese. Your guests will be asking for seconds, and your holiday bikini body will thank you when you’re frolicking on the beach with your beau in St. Tropez.
Replace your carb heavy pasta with shiratake noodles:
This sometimes overlooked replacement noodle is the perfect healthy holiday alternative for numerous reasons. This translucent Japanese noodle is a low carbohydrate alternative, and is also gluten-free. This delicious noodle is comprised of mostly a dietary fibre called glucomannan, and also contains very few calories. The only drawback to this healthy food favourite is that they do not have much flavour of their own, but they absorb almost anything you cook it in making it a true master of disguise.
Skip the tortillas or buns and wrap tacos or burgers in lettuce:
What is a burger without its bun? Well it’s most definitely a healthy holiday food alternative that is much kinder to your waistline. In fact, In-N-Out Burger actually features a burger with this low calorie and low carb option. A typical hamburger bun can have 140 calories, and a tortilla can pack a serious caloric punch at 237 calories. Besides being delicious, lettuce is brimming with health benefits such as; aiding in weight loss, helping heart health with it’s Vitamin C and beta-carotene components, and Omega-3 Fatty acids. This healthy option comes with an almost non existent calorie count, and 0 fat. Go ahead, put the carbs down and demand better, this healthy alternative will have you seeing the bigger picture in no time.