5 Tips for Revising Holiday Recipes

Healthier Homemade Apple Pie

Do you have a tough time resisting sweet or rich foods during the holidays? If you have diabetes or you’re trying to lose weight, you need to plan your diet carefully for the holiday season. Of course, sometimes it’s hard to avoid sweets and other holiday favorites. Here’s some helpful tips you can use to make your holiday recipes a bit healthier:

Tip #1Use Sugar Substitutes – Instead of pouring in all the sugar that a recipe calls for, you can replace as much as half of the sugar called for with your favorite sugar substitute. You’ll get the delicious, sweet taste without as much sugar.

Tip #2Add Spices for Sweetness – Another great idea to keep the sweetness without all the sugar is to add spices that taste sweet. Reduce the sugar in the recipe and increase your use of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, or other flavorings and spices that taste sweet.

Tip #3Replace the Fat – If the recipe calls for a lot of fat, you can replace half of the fat called for with some applesauce or even some baby food prunes. This is perfect for when you’re whipping up some cookies, brownies, or cakes. You’ll never know the difference, but your waistline will. Just remember that adding fruit to the recipe instead of fat will increase the carb content.

Tip #4Use Milk – When recipes call for heavy cream, mix half heavy cream with half 2% milk to lighten up the recipe. It will save you a significant amount of fat and calories.

Tip #5Stick with Small Portions – Even if you lighten up your holiday recipes, you still need to stick with small portions to avoid weight gain.

The good news is that it’s possible to revise many holiday recipes to make sure they still taste great while cutting back on calories and fat. Visit the Metabolic Research Center online for more holiday recipes to help manage your weight.


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