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5 Ways to Lighten Up Holiday Side Dishes

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Vegetables

We all know the importance of eating our veggies, but excess butter and salt can make your vegetable dishes more fattening than a slice of pumpkin pie. Rather than covering them with butter, use herbs and spices to season vegetables, or grill a selection of your favorite vegetables in olive oil. You can also add fruit to complement the vegetables' natural flavor without adding fat. Try carrots and dried cranberries or squash and sliced apples for a unique and delicious combination [source: Cain].

Consider swapping the classic peas or corn with vegetables that are rich in flavor. Squash, zucchini and peppers often taste great on their own, eliminating the need for butter and seasoning. To lighten the traditional green bean casserole, bake chopped onions to create your own low-fat crispy topping and replace creamy soup with reduced calorie-broth.

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