COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Who doesn’t love a good mac and cheese situation on your Christmas dinner table?
We can all agree that comfort foods are king during the holidays. But for someone watching their saturated fat intake, their calorie count, or their sodium levels -- the holidays can prove taxing on those health goals.
In our continued partnership with the American Heart Association to help you feel in control this season, we brought in Lori Reamer -- a local registered dietitian -- who is offering up some lighter takes on the Christmas classics we all love.
FRESH CRANBERRY SAUCE:
- 2 12-oz bags fresh cranberries
- ½ cup maple syrup or honey
THE COMPARISON (per 1/4 cup):
CAULIFLOWER MAC & CHEESE:
- Cauliflower – 8 cups/26 oz
- Olive Oil
- Dried herbs
- 7 oz sharp cheddar cheese
- Optional: pork/turkey sausage
THE COMPARISON (per 1 cup):
CRUSTLESS PUMPKIN PIE:
- 2 cans pumpkin
- Variety of evaporated milk products: Carnation lactose free (slightly sweeter), Carnation almond cooking milk.
THE COMPARISON (per 1/8 pie):
Some general wisdom from Reamer? She says to embrace the many non-food elements and traditions at this time of year to help satisfy emotional hunger and provide a feeling of fullness in your life.
No matter the ingredients, recipe or menu, you are in control of how much you decide to eat. Slow and steady wins “the holiday race.” We often are satisfied sooner than we realize.