(Family Features) - The holidays are full of delicious temptations, but that doesn't have to mean leaving your commitment to healthy eating behind. Making smart choices of what you eat and how you cook it can help you enjoy holiday dining and still beat the post-holiday blues.
With these hassle-free recipes and some tips from the healthy cooking experts at Culinary.net, you can give yourself - and your family - the gift of a festive holiday menu that has great taste and good nutrition.
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These mouthwatering recipes are easy to make on the Evolve Grill, and are a great way to feed your hungry holiday crowd something warm, healthful and satisfying - without sacrificing great taste.
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Healthy Cooking Tips
Here are three easy ways you can boost the nutrition of your holiday foods and make them taste even better.
Flavor Up. Herbs and spices make ordinary food taste extraordinary - without adding salt, fat or sugar. Some spices may even help boost the antioxidant power of what's already on your plate.
- Cinnamon has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice. One teaspoon of cinnamon has about the same amount as a full cup of pomegranate juice or a half cup of blueberries. Wake up your holiday mornings by sprinkling a half teaspoon over your ground coffee before brewing, or adding some to your oatmeal or yogurt.
- Thyme has about the same amount of antioxidants as a carrot or a half cup of chopped tomatoes. It also has beneficial compounds called flavonoids, which may help with inflammation. It's a great addition to chicken, beef or vegetable soups, and can really dress up seafood.
Lower the Fat. You can reduce your fat intake in a variety of delicious ways.
- Low-fat mayonnaise has only 15 calories and 1 gram of fat per tablespoon, compared to 90 calories and 10 grams of fat in full-fat versions. Use it in holiday dips, or flavor it with herbs to jazz up your leftover turkey sandwiches.
- If you're making pan gravy, skim off the fat from the drippings, either with a spoon or a fat separator.
Switch to Whole Grains. Studies show that eating whole grains can lower the risk of many chronic diseases.
- Add 3/4 cup of uncooked oats for each pound of ground beef or turkey when you make meatballs, burgers or meatloaf.
- Add half a cup of cooked bulgur, wild rice, or barley to your holiday bread stuffing.
- Use brown rice instead of white - it adds great taste as well as fiber, vitamins and minerals.
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