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Seasonal Sabotage- Surviving the Holidays

Stop the Seasonal Sabotage!

By Emily Barr, MS,RD,CNSC

Holiday gatherings bring out the best cookbooks filled with cheesy, oh-so-savory appetizers, creamed casseroles, and ooey-gooey desserts. By preparing these high fat, sodium, and sugar filled recipes, we are committing seasonal sabotage. And worse of all, we are committing it against our favorite people – our beloved family and friends.

Take a new approach to your holiday cooking this year…HEALTH!

Follow these 2 tips to  keep your holiday sabotage free:

1.) When choosing your recipes for your merry meal, look for dishes that are made with fresh foods. Great choices include Brussel sprouts, spinach salad, roasted sweet potatoes and apples, asparagus, broccoli, and fruit salads.

2.) Look for recipes using healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado, canola oil, and nuts. If the recipe calls for butter, try substituting it for a healthy oil based margarine such as Smart Balance. If one of the ingredients is cheese, opt for a 2% or low-fat cheese to reduce the saturated fat.


Take pride in making healthy holiday dishes. Modified recipes will still taste delicious when in the company of a healthy happy family!


Check out this previous post Emily wrote about how to avoid holiday weight gain, “Fighting the Urge to Splurge“.

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