Festive Foods: Less Is More

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The holidays are here again and no matter if you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa you can be sure of one thing- there will be food, lots of food. Feast days of any sort seem to be incorporated with most holiday celebrations, and are often loaded with foods high in sugar, fat and processed ingredients. It is for this reason that it is important to limit your portions and keep in mind the mantra, ‘less is more’. However, the phrase ‘less is more’ applies to more than just portion sizing. It also applies to the degree to which you process the things you eat. The less you process things, the more nutrients you retain! See below for a few ideas on how to add less refined sugars and fats to some holiday favorites.

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Sweet Potatoes- the remix

Instead of the marshmallow-filled traditional sweet potato casserole, try adding some natural sweetness and a zing of citrus.




Truffles: Sweet, Chocolatey and Full of Fiber ?

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Ok. So fiber is the last thing you’d associate with chocolatey, rich truffles, but these lovely, pistachio-crusted bites contain dates for natural sweetness, adding fiber and subtracting a good deal of processed sugar.





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Peanut Butter Fudge 2.0

Who can resist a chunk of decadent fudge? Usually chock-full of sugar, this version uses less refined ingredients and contains less calories per gram than the traditional version.

 

As a final reminder, keep in mind that just because these recipes are cleaner than the average treat does not mean they can be eaten without restraint. Be mindful in your munching and join me next time on the blog for some smart portion control strategies.