These Classic Holiday Recipes Aren’t as Bad for You as You Thought
Yes, the holidays are an indulgent time of year, but that doesn't mean all classic holiday recipes have to be bad for you. These recipes prove it!
Did you know that one slice of pumpkin pie contains more than the recommended daily value of vitamin A, which benefits eyesight and the immune system? And that the filling is full of potassium, vitamin C and iron, which will all boost your mood? This recipe proves you can have your pie and eat it, too.
When you think of stuffing, you might just think carbs, but it’s so much more than that. Sweet potato stuffing is filled with yummy herbs, celery and pecans. Sweet potatoes offer a healthy dose of complex carbs. Per cup, the stuffing has 212 calories, 8 grams of fat and 33 grams of carbs.
Cornbread dressing is a holiday classic, and it’s actually fairly light! Cornbread, onion, celery and chicken broth combine to make one delicious dish. Each serving has 171 calories, 3 grams of fat and 28 grams of carbs—all in all, likely way less rich than you assumed.
Potatoes get a bad rap for their starchiness, and, when you consider the holiday versions, loads of butter probably come to mind. But a classic dish of lemon and garlic new potatoes will only set you back 166 calories, 8 grams of fat and 19 grams of carbs for 3/4 cup. Plus, butter isn’t even used, just 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
It’s all gravy until you have to weigh yourself the day after a holiday. Yes, gravy can be a very unhealthy treat, but not all classic versions are bad! For instance, in this vegetable gravy recipe, the ingredients are pretty simple and clean: chicken broth, all-purpose flour, fresh sage and freshly ground pepper.
When you think of latkes, you might think pancakes, which then makes you think of a crazy high-carb count that will put you into a food coma. But actually, latkes are quite simple and full of healthy ingredients. A typical recipe has russet potatoes, onion, green onions and egg, and only has 115 calories for two latkes! If you want an extra healthy recipe, simply swap zucchini or carrots for the potatoes.