Lighter Versions of Your Favorite Holiday Dishes

Most of what makes this the most wonderful time of the year is the indulgent dishes and drinks. It’s no secret that holiday food isn’t the healthiest, but what if we told you that it’s possible to celebrate the holidays without piling on the calories?

Check out these five recipes that will help make your holiday classics healthier — and maybe even tastier.

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Eggnog

Nothing feels more festive than cozying up with a big mug of rich eggnog. But between the heavy cream, sugar and eggs, traditional eggnog can wreak havoc on your healthy diet.

But you’re in luck with this Eggnog Smoothie recipe from Fitness Magazine. Simply sub out the cream for almond milk and replace the sugar with the natural sugar in bananas, and you can cut your calorie and fat intake by more than half. (Don’t worry. If you’re feeling naughty instead of nice, you can still spike yours with bourbon.)

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Pecan Pie

The holidays are synonymous with pie, and of all the season’s delectable pies, our favorite is pecan pie.

Pie is always an indulgence, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to reduce the guilt. Cut out the butter and the sticky corn syrup, and you’ll have a pie that’s less sinful without skimping on taste.

If you prefer other varieties of pie, we’ve got you covered with these healthier recipes for classic apple pie, sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie.

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Green Bean Casserole

What’s more American than apple pie? Casserole. Green bean casserole is a standard of the holiday season.

Don’t be fooled by the green veggies, though. Traditional green bean casserole packs a lot of calories due to the addition of heavy processed soup and deep-fried onions. Click here for a healthy alternative that’s made from scratch.

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Mashed Potatoes

Nothing feels like home quite like mashed potatoes. But did you know that you can spruce this dish up to make it even more wholesome?

Simply eliminate the butter and trade whole milk for fat-free milk, and you’ll have yourself a healthier version of this holiday classic.

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Gingerbread Men

No holiday season is complete without smiling gingerbread men. But don’t be deceived. Behind those smiles lurk loads of fat and sugar.

With a few smart substitutions, you can make your gingerbread men as nice as they look. Try this recipe for healthier gingerbread cookies — we bet even your kids won’t notice the difference.

Maintaining your diet goals doesn’t have to mean putting a stop to your holiday celebrations. Follow these simple recipes to embrace the best of both worlds!