Food is part of holiday traditions, and your family likely looks forward to certain recipes. Luckily, there are some simple substitutes to make your favorite holiday recipes a bit healthier.
Consider the following tips to transform your recipes without sacrificing flavor:
Fat—For baked goods, use half the butter or oil and replace the other half with unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana.
Salt—If baked goods don't require yeast, you can reduce salt by half.
Sugar—Reduce the amount of sugar by one-third to one-half. Instead, add spices like cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg—or flavorings such as vanilla or almond extract to boost sweetness.
Get creative and experiment with other ways of creating healthy recipes for your most beloved holiday traditions.