For many of us, the holidays are a warm, cozy time of year where we let ourselves indulge in our favorite comfort foods. From family functions to resident events, there usually isn’t a shortage in cookies, cakes, and other delicious holiday treats. But, as tasty as these items may be for us in the moment, it can sometimes leave us feeling heavy and sluggish afterwards.
This year, why not take a healthier approach to holiday recipes? These alternate takes on classic dishes are sure to put your guests in the holiday spirit without compromising on flavor! if you’re looking for healthier recipes that still satisfy your holiday cravings that you can share with the whole building, we’ve got some great ideas.
We all have our favorite family recipes that we look forward to each year, and you don’t have to give them up entirely! Instead of using pork or beef, opt for a leaner meat like poultry or fish. Load up your entrees with plenty of colorful vegetables like Brussels sprouts, squash, and carrots. A few simple swaps can make a big difference in how many calories and fat you consume. Here are a few of our favorite ideas if you’re starting from scratch.
While we all certainly love those creamy potatoes and rich gravies, side dishes can easily be made healthier with a few simple tweaks. Side dishes like mashed potatoes and stuffing can be lightened-up with ingredients like cauliflower and quinoa instead of potatoes and bread cubes if you’re looking to make a simple swap. Of course, there are also plenty of veggie-based side dishes like roasted asparagus, steamed green beans and mix-veggie stir fry that are great for adding more nutrition to your meal.
Desserts are often the best part of any holiday gathering. For a festive dessert option, opt for lighter options such as parfaits made with yogurt, berries, and nuts instead of classic pies. Whatever you choose, these healthier holiday recipes are sure to please everyone at your dinner table.
Happy holidays from our team at Resi. Whether you decide to use one of our recipe ideas or stick to your own traditions, we encourage you to embrace the season of giving and gathering with your residents and loved ones. We hope you have a wonderful time ahead of you filled with delicious, nutritious dishes!