Magazine article Work & Family Life

Cutting Fat but Not Flavor in Holiday Meals

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Cutting Fat but Not Flavor in Holiday Meals

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The weight we gain from eating too much between Thanksgiving and New Year's seems to get harder and harder to take off, despite our best resolutions. Here are some tips for eating lighter and healthier over the holidays:

* In recipes that call for cream or whole milk, substitute nonfat milk or evaporated skim milk. Most people can't tell the difference. Other cream substitutes include nonfat sour cream or nonfat ricotta.

* Play up the vegetables and salads on your holiday menu and play down the meats and sweets. Instead of sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, serve them plain in their skins. Or mash them with grated orange peel and some cinnamon.

* Baste your turkey with defatted chicken stock or with chicken stock combined with apple juice. Rub the bird down with a little canola or olive oil. …

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