Sneaky Substitutions for Your Classic Holiday Recipes

byMissy Chase-Lapine

Just as Delicious, Now More Nutritious

We all have our favorite holiday recipes that the family requests every year. If your house is anything like mine, the less healthy they are, the more they are liked. This year you can serve the same recipes with a Sneaky Twist while keeping the flavor and eliminating some unnecessary extra calories and fat.

I am always looking for new tips to add to my list, so please share your healthy cooking tips and tricks in the comment section below.

10 Substitution Tips for Healthier Holiday Recipes

  1. Use my flour blend (1/3 white flour, 1/3 whole wheat, and 1/3 wheat germ) in holiday baking recipes instead of 100% refined white flour for the same great taste and more nutrients. Click for Flour Blend Recipe
  2. In recipes where you use water, use a nutritious liquid instead. Water by itself doesn’t add any nutrients.
    • Milk adds calcium, vitamin D and protein.
    • Blueberry or pomegranate juice adds a concentrated dose of immune-building phytochemicals and a day’s worth of vitamin C.
    • Green tea provides a significant dose of heart-protecting antioxidants and builds immunity.
    • Vegetable broth provides potassium, calcium and all of the essential minerals.
    • Chicken or beef broth adds minerals and protein.Substitute Water in Recipes with Nutrient Rich Liquids
  3. Reduce the butter used in baking recipes dark in color, like brownies, by substituting some of the butter with my purple puree (half and half); a mixture of blueberries and baby spinach. Click for Purple Base Blend Recipe
  4. Reduce the butter used in baking recipes light in color, like sugar cookies, by substituting some of the butter with my white bean puree (half and half); a mixture of blueberries and baby spinach. Click for White Bean Base Blend Recipe
  5. Use pureed white beans in place of the cream in creamy soups. Click for White Bean Base Blend Recipe
  6. In recipes that call for mayonnaise (devlied eggs, dressings, etc.), mix half mayonnaise and half white bean base blend.  Click for White Bean Base Blend Recipe
  7. Add pureed vegetables (white bean base blend) to your holiday mac-n-cheese and a little extra cheese to get that creamy consistency you want.
  8. Add pureed cauliflower to mash potatoes to cut down on the carbs. Click for Cauliflower Base Blend Recipe.
  9. Add green pureed veggies, like my Sweet Pea-Baby Kale Base Blend, to your holiday meatballs, more nutrients and same great taste!
  10. Stir in some green or orange blend to gravy for added nutrients. Click for my gravy recipe!
Base Blends