5 Ways to Lighten Up Holiday Side Dishes


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Stuffing

Add more vegetables to your stuffing to healthy it up.
Add more vegetables to your stuffing to healthy it up.
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Whether served as a side dish or baked with your holiday turkey, stuffing is a staple at most holiday meals. It's also loaded with butter and salt, and surprisingly high in fat and calories. Lighten up your favorite stuffing recipe by replacing a portion of the breadcrumbs with chopped onions or vegetables. You'll cut empty calories while adding fiber and nutrients [source: Cain].

Instead of loading up on salt and butter for flavor, try adding cranberries, apples or dried fruit to create a naturally low-fat dish that guests will love. If your recipe calls for chicken stock, try switching to vegetable broth or low-fat chicken broth to keep your stuffing moist and flavorful.