Nutrition Tip: Slimming Up Your Holiday Favorites

It is 1 week until Thanksgiving. I don’t know about you but Thanksgiving is possibly my favorite holiday. My parents host Thanksgiving every year at our house and it is always fun planning out our menu and preparing all the food. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday eating season. Pies, cakes, cookies, high fat delicious comfort foods. It’s a tough time of year for someone who is trying to lose or maintain their weight. Below are some tips on saving calories where it counts.

10 tips for slimming holiday favorites:

1. Take the skin off of your turkey. For this, roast your turkey as you normally would. When you serve or take your portion just take the breast meat without any skin. The skin is fatty and while it tastes delicious can really add up on your calories.

2. Use reduced fat or skim milk in recipes instead of cream,half and half, or whole milk. This is an easy way to cut down on fat in a recipe and in most recipes you won’t even notice the difference.

3. Reduce the fat content of baked goods by substituting mashed banana, applesauce or pumpkin. Replace the full amount of oil with the same amount of the fruit/vegetable above. My favorite is to use applesauce or pumpkin instead of the oil or butter in quick breads. Not only are you cutting back on fat but you are amping up the nutrient profile of the unhealthy baked good. Its a double whammy.

4. Replace half the sugar in a cookie, cake or pie recipe with Stevia. This helps cut out half the calories from the sugar. If you want you can go 100% of what the recipe calls for with a sugar substitute but I find I can taste the sweeter aftertaste that isn’t very pleasant to my palate.  I go 50-50 stevia and real sugar. It still cuts back calories but I don’t taste the stevia aftertaste.

5. Use egg whites instead of full eggs. By skipping the yolks (or most of the yolks at least) you cut back on cholesterol and fat.

There you go. 5 tips to slimming up holiday favorites. You can always go to a website like or food network and search slimmed up holiday favorites for more ideas or recipes for your favorite foods.

What is your favorite way to slim up holiday recipes?




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2 responses to “Nutrition Tip: Slimming Up Your Holiday Favorites

  1. ACB

    What are some foods with negative calories?

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