With the holidays in full swing, you mind find yourself more tempted than usual to skip your workouts and sit by the fire with hot chocolate & cookies instead. If you find yourself with some free time (or think you ate too much), now is the perfect time to get a jump start on those inevitable New Years Fitness Resolutions!
And just because ’tis the season for eating, doesn’t mean that you have to be eating junk! Here’s a collection of our favorite healthy holiday recipes from around the web.
Healthy Holiday Cooking Substitutions:
- For baking, try substituting unsweetened applesauce for oil, or bananas instead of butter.
- When cooking, evaporated milk is a great substitute for cream. \Greek yogurt effortlessly takes the place of sour cream or mayo.
- Rolled oats are a great breadcrumb substitute, and whenever you can, choose the whole-grain option – whether it be flour, rice, bread, or any other grain.
Healthy Holiday Drinks:
While eggnog may tempt you this season, may we suggest a lighter fare? Here’s a list of 10 healthy holiday drinks, including a Christmas Sangria & Spicy Spiked Cider.
Healthy Holiday Appetizers:
Healthy Holiday Dinners:
Forget that crazy deep-fried holiday food trend, go for one of these full-flavored main courses: Orange & Rosemary Pork Tenderloin or Garlic and Sea-Salt Prime Rib. Got a vegetarian in attendance? Stuffed peppers are a hearty main dish, plus, you can get creative with the stuffing.
Side dishes are just as important as the main dish! We like these Garlic Roast Potatoes with Herbs and Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts, Cranberries, & Blue Cheese.
Healthy Holiday Desserts:
P.S. Remember that the holidays are a time of celebration, not guilt. Don’t beat yourself up over what you’re eating, or let your diet ruin your holiday.