12 Holiday Food Swaps to Save Calories

by Holley Grainger, MS, RD
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12 Holiday Food Swaps to Save Calories

It’s the holiday season but that doesn’t mean you have to forego your healthy lifestyle. Sure, we’re in the spirit to indulge but by making just a few quick ingredient swaps to your favorite recipes, you can significantly cut calories, fat, sugar, or sodium without ever tasting the difference. Now that’s something to celebrate!

Want to make a swap? Here’s where you can find the recipes!
Asparagus Prosciutto Bundles
Lightened French Onion Dip (made with nonfat Greek yogurt)
Spiced Roasted Chickpeas (salt omitted)
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Wild Rice Stuffing with Sausage and Apples
Lightened Fruitcake
Lightened Chocolate Yule Log
Endive Stuffed with Goat Cheese
Lightened Eggnog
Lightened Hot Buttered Rum


  • charlene

    It’s always good to know how to lighten the blow of it all when it comes to holiday feasting.
    Here are some of my favorite sweet alternatives: a single prosciutto wrapped around a honey dew wedge / pear wedge dipped in dark jalapeño chocolate sprinkle with crushed almonds / homemade matcha green tea fudge protein bars 🙂 they are to die for!

  • Robyn Larc

    I have sadly banned Starbucks from my life from Nov 15 to Jan 1. That saves me 1000 calories of fluff and 50-100 g of sugar every week and during the holidays we all need that extra room.

  • Cynthia

    I think people need to be reading these tips cuz they are helpful in all ways but one I think would interested in is how not to over eat .My opinion but u have our own

  • bob

    The hell is light fruitcake and light buttered rum. I could just say hey instead of cake have light cake. This is useless

  • Shannon

    The nonfat swap kind of makes me cringe. If you do opt for nonfat, watch the sugar! Nonfat products can be altered with more sugar than their full-fat counterparts.

    I was interested in the list until the multiple ‘lightened’ option. How about suggestions that are more natural? Instead of nonfat greek yogurt, what about avocados? They have a great creamy texture and healthy fat. How about instead of fruit cake, you have a small cup of fruit? And instead of a yule log, you opt for a piece of dark chocolate?

    Just a suggestion 🙂