Holiday Food Swaps That Will Slash the Calories

Healthy Holiday Food Swaps

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Trust me, I get it… Losing weight right now seems impossible. But, maintaining your weight is possible! Eating healthy through the holiday season is key to maintaining your weight. How? Well first, you have to substitute the foods that are bad for you with healthy foods.

I know what you’re thinking… Healthy foods just don’t taste as good. WRONG! There are so many delicious healthy recipes out there. You just have to find the right one that suits your taste buds!

Below is a list of Holiday Food Swaps That Will Slash the Calories. Are you preparing your holiday meal? Use this list to help you when you are deciding what to cook. Going out to eat? Use this list to determine what foods to eat!



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According to CalorieKing, One cup of eggnog averages around 344 calories, 19g of fat, 150mg of cholesterol, 137mg of sodium and about 34 g of carbohydrates. Eggnog is full of sugar, eggs, bourbon and whip cream. Instead, use plain or vanilla soy milk and low calorie sweetener. For a different drink try cider or sugar free hot chocolate.



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Mini-quiches are delicious but we tend to mindlessly eat them. They are very high in calories. Instead, eat crackers and hummus or dill cucumber slices.


Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Half a cup of Spinach and Artichoke Dip is about 300-400 calories. Substitute for salsa, bean dip or guacamole and use veggies to dip instead of tortilla chips. You can make the spinach and artichoke if you would like, but use a light cream cheese and non-fat yogurt instead.


Mashed Potatoes

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Substitute vegetable oil for butter and instead of heavy cream use low or nonfat milk. Or, swap your mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower.


Starbucks peppermint mocha

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Grande peppermint mocha is made with 2% milk, mocha sauce, peppermint syrup, whipped cream and dark chocolate curls. It has 440 calories Ask for the skinny version with sugar free flavoring.


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