The holidays are here and with them comes one heck of a feast. If you're watching your waistline, you should plan your meal accordingly. Why cut out all your tasty food favorites this year? Instead, replace them with healthier stuff. Chances are, there are low calorie alternatives to your favorite munchies. Let's find some healthier alternative recipes to the most popular holiday favorites!
1. Healthy Green Bean Casserole
This gluten free and low calorie version of a green bean casserole will cut out a bunch of the processed stuff but keep the tastiness of this favored side dish!
2. Low-Cal, Low-Fat Mashed Potatoes
These taters cut out a lot of the tasty, fatty goodness of the originals, but replaces it with plenty of healthy alternatives that pack their own kind of flavor punch.
3. Paleo Eggnog
If the cavemen drank it, then you can put it in your body—yup, even eggnog. If you want a less sugary and low calorie version of this favored drink, try a recipe like this. It may not be low in calories, but it's incredibly nutrient-rich.
4. Maple-Glazed Sweet Potatoes
You can chuck that candied yam recipe right out the window. While this healthy replica nixes the marshmallows, it gains plenty of sweet flavor from natural maple syrup.
5. Low-Fat Gingerbread Cookies
If fat is a no-no for you, then try these cookies. It'll mean you still get to enjoy one of the staples of the holiday season.
6. Spicy Cherry Christmas Ham Glaze
If you plan on slathering up a piece of meat and sticking it in the oven this year, try this glaze. It cuts out a lot of sugar and replaces it with honey, along with flavors like cider vinegar.
7. Garlic Lover's Roast Beef
Some holiday dinners aren't complete without a roast of some sort. This lean roast recipe cuts out a lot of unnecessary calories and fat.
8. Classic Herb Stuffing
This stuffing gets lots of flavor from fresh herbs and whole wheat bread.
9. Maple Pecan Tart with Dried Cherries
This spin on the classic pecan pie cuts out sugar and fat in favor of maple syrup and a nutty crust (instead of a butter-filled one).