1. Mashed Potatoes
Plain potatoes are low in calories and don’t offer much risk to your health, but many mashed potato dishes take it to the next level. They are full of heavy cream, whole milk, and butter to improve taste. Cook up some baked potatoes, or make quick, low-fat substitutions for healthier mashed potatoes.
2. Seasonal Drinks
Eggnog, apple cider, hot chocolate, oh my! These drinks are amazing, but they contain quite a few empty calories. Green and black teas are a great substitute, and if you’re craving a flavored latte, go with coffee with a little cream instead.
3. Mac And Cheese
Let the homemade macaroni dishes commence. This food fills up the plates of kids and adults (along with those unhealthy mashed potatoes!) and contains anywhere from 350 to 500 calories per serving. Try to switch to low-fat cheese and low-fat milk.
It’s delicious and it’s also filled with high-fat foods such as sausage and butter. However, low-fat stuffing can be made with fruits, vegetables, and stock.
Fighting the cold with a bowl of soup is exactly what you expect with the winter months. Just make sure you aren’t packing the soups and stews with tons of cream, cheese, or bread. You can easily fill yourself up with broth and vegetable-based soups.
Pies smell amazing and often begin as a healthier choice with fruit, nut, or vegetable filling. Then, the heavy pie crusts, ice cream, and sweeteners get thrown in. Cut the unnatural sweeteners, thin out the crust, and choose a light ice cream topping.
7. Pumpkin Desserts
Pumpkin is a great vegetable with many health benefits, but once you turn it into a pie, cake, or another sugar-rich dessert, you’ve removed those benefits. Pumpkin custard, muffins, or even pumpkin waffles can be a healthier dessert option.