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Lighten Up Your Holiday Menus

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Lighten Up Your Holiday Menus

Photo Courtesy of Laurie Turk

Try these tips to lighten up your holiday menus.

  • Begin with a veggie tray filled with colorful pepper slices, grape tomatoes, carrot sticks, etc. You might want to arrange them to look like a turkey, Serve with a reduced-calorie dip if desired. 
  • Use lower-calorie ingredients such as “light sour cream” or “light cream cheese” when making dips, mashed potatoes or salads. Compare the Nutrition Facts labels.
  • Instead of green bean casserole, stir-fry green beans in olive oil with some sliced pecans and a dash of cayenne pepper.
  • Go easy on the brown sugar and butter added to sweet potatoes.
  • Remove the skin from the roasted turkey before serving and/or eating. Turkey skin is high in fat and calories.
  • Serve ice water with the meal. If desired, flavor the water with some orange, lemon or lime slices.
  • Serve pumpkin pie instead of higher-calorie apple pie or pecan pie.
  • Use smaller serving spoons. People tend to serve themselves larger portions when larger serving spoons are used.

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