Make Holiday Meals Healthier with a Leaner Menu

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Make Holiday Meals Healthier with a Leaner Menu

Reviewed by Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

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With small menu changes, you can modify traditional holiday menus to lower the calories and fat contentTweet this, making it easy to celebrate the holidays with your health in mind. Your friends and family won’t even notice the difference, except in their waistlines.

Compare this traditional holiday menu with its leaner version from the American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide (3rd Ed.).

Original Menu

  • 3½ ounces roasted turkey with skin
  • ½ cup stuffing
  • ½ cup broccoli with 2 tablespoons hollandaise sauce
  • ½ cup cranberry relish
  • 1 medium crescent roll plus 1 pat butter
  • 1 slice pecan pie

    Total calories: 1,410; Total fat: 68 grams

Leaner Menu

  • 3½ ounces skinless, roasted turkey
  • ½ cup wild rice pilaf
  • ½ cup broccoli with lemon juice
  • ¼ cup cranberry relish
  • 1 whole-grain roll
  • 1 slice pumpkin pie

    Total calories: 735; Total fat: 20 grams

The leaner version contains about one-half the calories and less than two-thirds the fat. Quite a difference with no loss of flavor.

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