You’ll probably have one too many sugar cookies like most of us do this time of year, but you can start making up for holiday indulgences with a few healthy swaps in the kitchen. Browse these ideas below and share your own with us in the comments!
We know that jar of cheddar jalapeño queso looks tempting, but this avocado-feta dip might hit the spot, too. Try spreading it on toasted bread or dipping with veggies or chips.
Avocados are packed with nutritious goodies, like heart-healthy fatty acids, dietary fiber and 20 vitamins and minerals (including more potassium than bananas). Feta is lower in fat and calories than many other cheeses, plus it has a strong flavor so you don’t need to use a lot. One ounce of feta provides 14 percent of the recommended dietary allowance for calcium.
White Chocolate Holiday Bark
It’s got the crunch and sweetness of an indulgence food mixed with the health benefits of almonds and cranberries. White chocolate holiday bark is a fun twist to your dessert table or snack tray, and the antioxidants, protein and fiber of the dried cranberries and almond slices help bring a little balance to the typical nutrient-lacking sweets dish.
Orange Rosemary Roasted Chicken
Refresh the same old entrée with this flavorful chicken recipe. Orange juice, rosemary and garlic make this dish a treat for the taste buds while also supplying 31 grams of protein per serving. Try using rosemary to season your other holiday dishes too, like roasted potatoes, stuffing, mushrooms and meats.