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5 Better-For-You Holiday Swaps

Pumpkin pie served on white plate, whipped cream on top

With parties, family gatherings and get-togethers filling your calendar, there are plenty of opportunities to slip up and overindulge in our favorite traditional holiday dishes and treats. None of us want to go into the new year with a Santa-like belly, but sometimes avoiding those seasonal goodies is easier said than done. If this a problem you face each holiday season, you’ll definitely want to keep reading because I’m about to show you how simple it is to avoid packing on those extra holiday pounds without compromising any traditional taste.  All you need is a sleigh full of healthy, alternatives that are so delicious you won’t even realize it’s not the real thing!

Although it’s easy to get overwhelmed by food choices this time of year, these simple swaps won’t compromise flavor or your wellness goals. Not to mention, these holiday swaps will keep your clothes fitting comfortably in 2020.

Swap #1. Swap your favorite Eggnog for Almond Breeze Almondmilk Nog

By switching to almondmilk, you’ll save on calories and sugar without sacrificing the rich flavor of eggnog. 

Swap #2. Swap Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almond Nuggets for Blue Diamond Dark Chocolate Almonds with Toasted Coconut

Almonds are a healthy fat and a great source of fiber and protein. Swapping traditional candy bowl chocolate for Blue Diamond’s Dark Chocolate Almonds & Toasted Coconut mix will also help satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Swap #3. Swap Marzetti Veggie Dip for Good Foods Plant-Based Dips

Good Foods Plant-Based Dips come in five varieties: Queso, Buffalo, Cilantro, Tzatziki and Avocado Pesto. They are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian and contain no preservatives or added sugars. 

Swap #4. Swap canned Yams in syrup for Tasteful Selections Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

Canned yams are high in sugar. Our new line of Tasteful Selections fresh, gluten-free, easy-prep potato dishes are available in Heinen’s Produce Department and offer a healthier, fresh, easy-to-prep alternative. 

Swap #5. Swap your favorite Pecan Pie for Heinen’s Fresh-Baked Pumpkin Pie

Yes, you can still have your pie! Heinen’s Pumpkin Pie is high in Vitamin A and much lower in calories and sugar than an iconic pecan pie.

Carla Iafelice
By Carla Iafelice
With a B.S. in Food and Nutrition, Carla brings her knowledge and passion for helping others to our Heinen’s Mayfield Village Wellness Department and Personalized Nutrition Center.

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