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Healthy Holiday Eating

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 

— 1 Corinthians 6:19–20 (NLT) —

This season, give the gift of tasty yet healthy holiday fare. Simple steps can cut the fat or sugar in your favorite dishes — all without sacrificing taste.


Pour divine drinks

Mix sparkling drinks by adding seltzer or sugar–free soft drinks to juice. Serve low–fat eggnog or flavored seltzer with fruit kebobs.

Lighten up side dishes

Instead of using heavy sauces, top with toasted nuts or sesame seeds, low–fat salad dressings, spices or herbs. Steam vegetables to preserve flavor and nutrients. Sweeten baked yams with apple or orange juice. Use low–fat sour cream or buttermilk to prepare mashed potatoes. To prevent latkes from absorbing too much oil, cook potatoes beforehand, make the patties thin and fry quickly—or bake them.

Slenderize the sweets

When baking, replace half the eggs with egg whites. Many recipes can be made with three–fourths of the sugar and up to half of the fat (replace with low–fat dairy products or fruit puree). Use powdered sugar instead of frosting. Serve a sliver of angel food cake with berries or fruit salad.

Slim the trimmings

Cook stuffing separately, and replace half the meat with chopped apple, dried cranberries, roasted chestnuts, lightly sautéed vegetables or rice. Use turkey sausage, and omit butter (add broth if too dry). Skim the fat from drippings before making gravy.

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