Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

How to: make healthy holiday food swaps

  • Print

Portion size aside, some holiday favourites start off far worse for your waistline than others. "It's not uncommon to gain a full pound -- or more -- during the holiday season," says Gloria Tsang, a registered dietitian and author of the new book Go UnDiet. Some swaps to consider:

Crab cake appetizers typically are made with mayonnaise and bread crumbs, and fried. Replace them -- and items served in puff pastries -- with shrimp cocktail.

Candy canes are pure sugar and won't fill you up. To satisfy a sweet tooth, choose small squares of dark chocolate, which have nutritionally valuable antioxidants.

Eggnog often is packed with calories and sugar, as are pina coladas, daiquiris and cocktails with liqueurs such as Baileys Irish Cream or Kahlua. Toast with champagne or hot chocolate made with low-fat milk.

Spinach and artichoke dip sounds healthy but is usually fat-heavy due to mayonnaise, sour cream and cream cheese. Serve a vegetable salsa instead.

Croissants and biscuits seem light and fluffy, but that's thanks to sugar and butter packed within their layers of dough. Go with whole-grain dinner rolls.

Shortbread cookies are crumbly because of high fat content. Ginger snaps are generally healthier.

Cheesecake can pack lots of fat; while recipes vary, pumpkin pie tends to be a smarter choice and also offers fibre and antioxidants. Top it with fat-free whipped cream or whipped evaporated milk.

Gravy tends to be high in fat, calories and salt. Make or buy low-fat versions; one idea is to dilute cream of chicken soup -- look for a low-calorie, low-sodium product -- with some skim milk.

Mashed potatoes are high in carbohydrates, but mashed cauliflower has a similar texture. Moisten it with canned chicken broth instead of butter.

-- Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 12, 2011 D1

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Bowman questioned on financial solutions for city

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • KEN GIGLIOTTI  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS / July 23 2009 - 090723 - Bart Kives story - Harry Lazarenko Annual River Bank Tour - receding water from summer rains and erosion  damage by flood  and ice  during spring flooding -  Red River , Lyndale Dr. damage to tree roots , river bank damage  , high water marks after 2009 Flood - POY
  • MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS 060711 Chris Pedersen breeds Monarch butterflies in his back yard in East Selkirk watching as it transforms from the Larva or caterpillar through the Chrysalis stage to an adult Monarch. Here an adult Monarch within an hour of it emerging from the Chrysalis which can be seen underneath it.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you think e-cigarettes should be banned by the school division?

View Results

Ads by Google