Family Favorite Holiday Dishes, Lightened-Up

Author: Stacey Jackson | December 21, 2017


Family Favorite Holiday Dishes, Lightened-Up

I love the holidays! For my family, the holidays are all about spending time together. They are also about tradition – especially when it comes to the menu. The food we eat is always delicious; unfortunately, it is not always calorie-controlled. Sound familiar?

Making a few simple tweaks – like using low-fat Greek or traditional yogurt instead of sour cream and reduced-fat cheese instead of its full-fat counterpart – can help you enjoy your favorite holiday recipes without going overboard. So before setting your holiday menu, check out these lightened-up versions of my family’s favorite holiday fare.

1. Appetizer: Taco Dip

Want to get fancy? Try this Southwestern Taco Dip by 3-Every-Day™ of Dairy.

Short on time? Whip up this quick and easy Black Bean Dip by Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN, owner of Active Eating Advice by Leslie and co-author of The Active Calorie Diet.

2. Entrée: Lasagna

Vegetarian? Prepare this Simple 6-Ingredient Lasagna by HEATHER MANGIERI, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CEO/Nutrition Consultant at Nutrition CheckUp and author of Fueling Young Athletes.

Meat-lover? Make this Holiday Lasagna by Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, CDN, health and nutrition expert for NBC’s TODAY show, best-selling author of From Junk Food to Joy Food, and founder of Nourish Snacks.

3. Dessert: Cheesecake

Room for dessert? Wow your guests with this Skinny Cheesecake by The Nutrition Twins, Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT & Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT, authors of The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure and co-founders of 21-Day Body Reboot TM.

Visit our recipe section for lightened-up recipes for every occasion!


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