5 Ways to Lighten Up Holiday Side Dishes


Bread and Rolls

Bread and rolls offer some of the easiest opportunities to lighten up your meal without changing the flavor of your favorite dishes. Swap high-calorie white flour for wheat to create healthier homemade bread. Use egg substitutes in place of whole eggs in rolls, and you'll cut about 60 calories and 5 grams of fat per egg [source: USDA].

Some of the biggest culprits for hidden calories are muffins or corn bread, which are loaded with oil and sugar. Replace oil with nonfat yogurt or applesauce to keep your baked goods moist while dramatically reducing their fat content [source: Cain]. Try using low-calorie sweeteners instead of sugar to eliminate empty calories. For a healthier alternative to these sweet treats, try banana bread. It's naturally sweet because of its fruit content and contains plenty of heart-healthy fiber.