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Here are some tasty food swaps that are not only lower in calories than their traditional cousins; they also offer a lot more nutrients that will satisfy your palate in addition to nourishing you. From healthier swaps to better-for-you recipes, we’ve got all the tips you need to enjoy the holiday season in high style without the hangover (of the cocktail or food variety). 0 Thoughts? 1 of 23.

With these “smarter” food swaps you’ll still be indulging, but the hit to your waistline won’t be so hard. 1. Skip the meat and cheese plate: The nitrates, preservatives and unhealthy fats found in most cold cuts are never a good choice, no matter the serving size. And while a few cubes of cheese is a perfectly healthy snack, cheese. The best for last of our healthy food swaps – If you love carbs try this A vegan brioche it is! Serve up your next holiday brunch with these buns – soft and fluffy – and made entirely with plant-based ingredients.

They’re just like the real thing but are made without eggs or dairy. Ozery Bakery Brioche Buns, $5 at Ozery Bakery retailers. 11 Healthy Holiday Food Swaps. From dips to desserts, healthy holiday eating is within reach — if you follow these tips to cut fat and calories without sacrificing taste.

Healthy holiday swap: Whole-wheat rolls and olive oil Munching on a dinner roll might fill you up initially, but the empty calories will leave you wanting more food soon after. Sweet Swaps at the Holiday Dessert Buffet Getty Images Of all the delicious foods that pop up on buffet and dinner tables this time of year, desserts often prove the toughest to navigate. The holidays are known for indulgent foods, but you can enjoy your favorites while being mindful about your choices. Here, dietitians share their healthy food swaps. We’ve IDed the six worst holiday foods and found super simple swaps to save calories, fat, sugar, and your figure.

Follow them and on on New Year’s Eve, you’ll slip into that dress with ease. Cauliflower is one of my favorite healthy holiday food swaps. It a low-calorie, low-carb, low-fat ingredient that tastes great!

You can use it instead of potatoes in your favorite mashed potato recipes, use it to make soup, create delicious appetizers like Buffalo Cauliflower Bites, or turn it into a tasty main course. For a real treat, check out our Cauliflower Holiday Stuffing recipe.

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Combining these foods creates a classic comfort food perfect forthe holiday.

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Make holiday meals more healthful by serving this updated version of the traditional family favorite.

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I have a lot of fun sharing the keto-friendly foods that I eat on holidays, too.

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Candied sweet potatoes and cornbread dressing, mashed, buttery potatoes, cranberry sauce, warm rolls, roast turkey, green beans, secret casserole recipes that only come out once a year…only to be followed by fruit pies and chocolate cakes, spiced cider, and the season’s first Christmas cookies.

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Our new keto traditions still include Lucky New Year’s Day Collards, Simple Roasted Pork, and Kristie’s Keto Cornbread, and I’ve added a hearty Steamy Seafood Chowder because seafood is associated with swimming into the new year.

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Some traditional meal ideas for the Dumb Supper are homemade winter soups, such as pumpkin and butternut squash, pomegranate, apples and Barm Brack.

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q Keep holiday meals simple.

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For example, after Thanksgiving, store turkey, butternut squash puree, and green bean casserole in separate serving-size containers.

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These recipes are perfect for cosy winter weather, and they’re loaded with healthy hidden vegetables, making them super indulgent without the side of guilt.

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our diet this past winter was greatly enriched by four simple things: a good store of apples and winter squash that kept us fat with pie through all the dark days.

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  • that looked good I’ll definitely try it…but are the pancakes made with canned Apple sauce…….if yes what about the other stuff that’s in it??????

  • Olivye looks a bit like the “salad” they served at KFC long ago when KFC was served on porcelain plates. It was a long time ago… the red fish eggs look like ikura (salmon eggs) which I like… its such a Japanese thing…. but I think the russian version is saltier… and ikura is already naturally salty.

  • Stop saying Soviet Russia or whatever! You might be not so uneducated for not knowing that! Also, even if you don’t like foreign food, you should be not so gross! Have some respect to other cultures and foods! Maybe with picky tastes should avoid trying other cuisines, she is not the best person for reacting! Ah, yeah, I have tried all russian food from these list, love Napoleon and salads, my neighbor used to make them in New Year holidays and share with us! They were amazing!

  • Please, Americans talking about other’s food when they live on junk and greases between breads is the last real thing on this face of earth

  • Can you talk a bit about your workouts as compared to some of the “popular” DVD programs out there. You don’t need to be specific about the other programs but I’m just curious on how you think your workouts compare to programs like Insanity, p90x, the asylum, tapoutxt,…..there are so many.

  • No offence to Americans but they’re so used to junk food they don’t know what it’s good food. Anyways I’m Romanian and if you don’t like Olivye I understand but it’s delicious when made at home by your mum with homemade mayonnaise. It’s a special Christmas and Easter dish in Romania.

  • Ora perché quegli obesi degli americani non sono dal McDonald a mangiare un Burger Mega King doppia maionese e cipolla ma stanno mangiando una cazz* di installata di patate mi sembra esagerato fare delle facce da uno che ha inalato cloro.

  • There are nothing wrong with the carbs you showed. Carbs are amazing. It’s what you put on them that can derail health. Stay away from oils and animal products and everything else is golden. Hi carb low fat for life!

  • Well im Persian and I’ve got to say that I’ve found two mutual foods. Olevie and pickled tomatoes cuz we pickle vegetables too like cabbage and ext…
    Actually 3 cuz that cake we have it too

  • Love this video! You know my go to breakfast is always a salad or greens so I don’t think veggies for breakfast is odd at all! I would love to see part 2 or 3. The date thing is new for me, I am going to look into it for those times that I am craving something sweet�� So, excuse me while I order an air popper. Hope u are having a great week!

  • Why the girl on the right is rude, disrespectful and racist

    2:50 ppl this IS definitely DISRESPECTFUL…
    What do you mean with “i knew it”
    3:57 “i don’t trust it” why bec it’s from Russia
    6:01 it’s cake why it should smell like fish?! And it doesn’t smell like fish btw

  • RUSSIAN FOOD MOSTLY ORIGINATED FROM UKRAINE THANK US BECAUSE WITHOUT UKRAINE RUSSIAN WOULDVE not existed. I BET 99% russian people disagree with me.

  • My Ukrainian father had a difficult lifenot making enough money, not being able to BUY something because of communists…

    AND YOUR’E TELLING ME YOU DON”T LIKE OLIVYE?????

  • Lmao did they really call shproti sardines!!�� I would think that the Russians would know that those are indeed not sardines but sprats. A saltier, smaller, and tastier version of sardines.

  • I am hoping I could taste the salad cake hehe. My Russian friend told me it’s really good and she always prepares it on holidays or bday.hehe��

  • I don’t think there reactions to the food were to extra I just think they are not used to the food considering they did not grow up in Russia, all foods from countries are different and we should all respect that, I’m not trying to sound like a hater or anything

  • I live in Latvia and we have most of these foods.These foods are also traditional here the 2. food in our language is Rosols,3.siļķe kažokā,4.marinēts tomāts,ikri uz maizes,šprotes uz maizes,napaleona kūka\torte

  • i love that you don’t belittle your lovely mother for being “sneaky.” i think that’s a very sweet approach. �� i’m not fully plant based but i’d say i’m at 90%. i just discovered your channel through a youtuber who talked negatively about your methods. i actually like your content and use it as inspiration where it fits into my life. i made your chickpea apple salad recipe which was bomb ��

  • This is the best explainer for healthy (and weight loss) diet I’ve ever seen! Thanks so much for a concise intro to the subject. I particularly like the fact that you support your advice with sound science. A lot of advice one finds on YouTube are basically nonsense without any foundation in science. I’m really stoked! I’m going to start paying more attention to what I put in my mouth from now on. Thanks so much! I’ve subscribed!

  • Thanks Emmie for all the praises and comments and giving us at Darbar india,Branford CT the opportunity to cater to you!!!! Until next time!

  • Healthy fats, avocado, pb are not weight loss foods but yet Ive lost weight, reached my goal weight eating a WFPB diet including all macronutrients, carbs,protein, veggies and fats! ����‍♀️

  • Hey girl! Just out of curiosity, I am really trying to quit coffee…It messes up my sleep so badly and ends up causing me to feel fatigued. I know its not great for me. What do you recommend your patients do when they are trying to quit? I have tried SO many times to quit and am just needing the extra help/push!

  • Hello! I am confused about what you were saying that you should only eat foods that are 700 calories or less per pound, but you recommended quinoa which is 1696 calories per pound. Also, i was always confused because quinoa is a seed and contains 14% of calories from fat. Just hoping you could clear this up! I loved this style video!:)

  • Hii Emmie, I would like to address something: bread has less calories than rice and oats so I don’t understand why you say rice and oats are weight loss foods but bread isn’t. Bread is a starch and low fat so I think WHOLE WHEAT bread is perfect for weightloss as well as rice and oats.��❤️

  • Emmie, Since your Mum mentioned Blueberries…. What are your options on the ‘Dirty Dozen’?? Organic vs Non-Organic.. I don’t eat Organic produce much but i am always hearing about the ‘Dirty Dozen’ so i am just curious.

  • The only Russian dish worth trying is beef stroganoff which is not on the menu. First dish isn’t even russian, yes kotleti is russian but this interpretation is kyevski kotlet.

  • Heyy emmie i would like to see more what to eat in a day for weight loss cause i don t know how much i have to eat on this diet:)) i really can eat a pot of lentils and feel full but i m scared that that s too many calories ������������������love you. But i ve seen the video in witch you asked If we want more lifestyle videos and i would really like that too ������

  • Hey Emmie why is it some people lose their hair and period on a low fat diet despite eating the same amount of calories? Do cooked foods play a role?

  • Awww loved seeing your Mum again �� loved the vid, you made weight loss and a healthy diet look so simple (because it truly is) ��

  • I love how you emphasize that some food are healthy but not a weight lost food. I think that’s important to know because we don’t want people demonizing avocados and tahini! Thanks for another great video packed with useful info:)

  • Wonderful video with Mummie. Need to get me some balsamic vinegar. Been struggling with what to put on my lunch salads. Now I need some taste/sauce for my rice and vegetables at dinner. Suggestions anyone?

  • Really thought this was an awesome video. I love how you specified healthy food from weight loss food. Super helpful. I wonder what your thoughts are on chef ajs UWL where you eat 2lbs of veggies a day? How much veggies do you recommend your clients to eat daily? I love your mum so much. You and her are just amazing. Keep rocking it! You constantly inspire me!

  • Great tips! While I realize I’m late to the party, I was just introduced to your channel and wanted to add to the discussion. As far as adding veggies, I don’t stop w/oatmeal… I add pureed veg (think pumpkin, steamed beets, carrots, etc.) to ALL baked goods and even things like pasta and hummus. Also, for that “crunch” factor sounds crazy, but add chopped cabbage to oats, cereal, yogurt, etc. I now crave that crunch and fresh goodness!

  • Hey Amanda I’ve list over 140 pounds on my own. I’ve recently come across your channel and have to say that I enjoy and agree with a lot of your videos.

  • Have you tried the Silk version off egg nog? It’s really good and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t like egg nog. I like to mix it with half a cup of really strong black coffee.

  • Cider is much lower in calories and doesn’t contain dairy or alcohol. BUT yes I personally prefer a glass of dry wine to cider, it’s a personal preference! Everything in moderation is good, but you just don’t get much ‘bang for your ‘caloric’ buck with eggnog!

  • What is “obsessive counting” or “very skinny”? I don’t believe she counts anything in the entire video, but rather give lighter food alternatives. I don’t understand your logic. Are you the body police?

  • Plain greek yogurt is my favorite sour cream swap! I cannot believe next week is already Thanksgiving, better start doing the Brazilian butt-lift again!

  • I like the vibe that two russian dude is giving also the american guy but the girl (not even sure if shes american) total crap. Just saying

  • Roasting veggies is definitely the way to go! It not only saves on calories but brings out the sweetness and texture of the veggie. I especially like roasted squash and roasted carrots YUM!

  • You don’t just stop making sure you’re not overdoing your calories just because you may be thin. She is thin because she is conscious of her caloric intake. That is her lifestyle. Also foods now are extremely concentrated with calories. The fact that it is possible to eat 1000+ calories in one plate of pasta makes being calorie/nutrition conscious a good idea for anybody no matter what body type.

  • Is cider all that much healthier than Eggnog? I would have thought a good wine or beer would be a better choice than cider. Less sugar for sure.

  • Hi Emmie! I find that if I add a little bit of fat to my diet (around 20g a day total), I am more satiated and thus eat less calories overall. What do you think? Is it still possible to lose weight despite eating some overt fats? Thanks!

  • I feel like that guy with the long hair thinks he has a shot with the Asian Chick. But we all know that’s never gonna happen. Simp.

  • This was a GREAT video Sara! I would love to see a part two and part three! I’m with you who are those people eating a handful or cup of cereal/granola? Ha! Also, your hair looks amazing in this video so shiny and healthy!

  • Hi Sara! THank you for this video! Watching while eating my usual breakfast of boiled baby potatoes served on a BIG bowl of vinaigrette (tahini, lemon, mustard, chili flakes, onion flakes) infused, massaged kale. What a great way to start the day! Yum!:)