Lighten Up Your Holiday Meal

During the holidays, can you enjoy the foods you love and still feel merry come January?

Absolutely! It just takes a little creativity, like baking or broiling instead of frying, using lower fat or fat free ingredients and finding ways to cut back on sugar and salt. Experimenting with different herbs and spices is also a good way to add more flavor to your meals without extra fat, sodium and calories.

Try these lighter alternatives to some of your holiday favorites. They’re guaranteed to wow guests and family alike.

The Appetizer: The usual chips and heavy dips
Try our: Fresh Fruit Salad or Snackin' Pumpkin Hummus

A festive vegetable display will also impress holiday guests. Try serving with Curry Crab Dip for a new twist on the traditional ranch-based dips.

The Side Dishes: The traditional salty, heavy sides
Try our: Yam Apple Casserole and Zucchini-Corn Sauté.

Ordinary mashed potatoes can have a lot of salt hidden in them, depending upon how they are made. Try using Carnation Evaporated Milk to add a creamy texture and keep the salt level down. See how easy Carnation Mashed Potatoes are to make for your next holiday gathering. Also, consider additional seasoning like Parsley or Garlic to add a flavor boost without extra fat.

The Dessert: The sinfully rich pies or cheesecakes
Try our: Lite N' Easy Crustless Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin Mousse

Can't pass up on the traditional pies? Consider requesting frozen yogurt or low or no fat whipped cream to go with the pie to try and cut down on some of the sinful nature of the post-meal delights.

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