Want to avoid gaining a few extra pounds this holiday season? Be mindful of what you're bringing to a party and what you're eating. This time of year offers almost daily temptation to add extra calories as parties become numerous along with platters of rich and delicious seasonal foods.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a few tips to keep from added pounds. If you are hosting a gathering this holiday season and want to lighten up your offerings without sacrificing taste, try swapping out a few ingredients in your favorite recipes.
--Using two egg whites in place of one egg can reduce dietary cholesterol and produce the same tasty result.
--Try low-sodium vegetable broth in your mashed potatoes to add flavor and cut back on added butter or margarine.
--Substitute applesauce for oil, margarine or butter in muffins and quick breads such as banana bread. Try substituting a small amount at first, as the more you substitute the more the texture of the finished product changes.
--For dips, sauces and pie toppings, use fat-free yogurt, sour cream and whipped topping.
--Sliced almonds make a delicious, crunchy topping in place of fried onion rings.
--Choose reduced-fat or low-fat cheeses for salads and casseroles.
Pack your shopping cart with plenty of fresh vegetables including sweet potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, carrots and green beans. Apples, cranberries and pears combine easily for a tasty salad, fruit crisp or topping for the turkey.
If you are a guest at a dinner party or other gathering, consider these tips to keep your night healthy, happy and safe: