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The holiday season doesn’t have to mean throwing all your healthy habits away. Here are some tips from the USDA for ways to maintain your healthy lifestyle in the face of temptations.

Create MyPlate makeovers


Make over your favorite holiday dishes. Substitute low fat milk for whole milk or heavy cream in recipes. Swap white flour for whole wheat flour. Use herbs and spices in place of salt.

Enjoy all the food groups at your celebration


Prepare whole-grain crackers with hummus as an appetizer; add unsalted nuts or beans to a salad; include fresh fruit at the dessert table. Share healthier options during your holiday meal.

Make sure your protein is lean


Turkey, chicken breast, beans, and fish, such as cod and flounder, are lean protein choices. Trim fat when cooking meats. Go easy on sauce & gravy: they can be high in saturated fat & sodium.

Cheers to good health


Quench your thirst with low-calorie options. Drink water with lemon or lime slices. Offer seltzer water with a splash of 100% fruit juice. Limit soda and sugar sweetened beverages.

Bake healthier


Use recipes with unsweetened applesauce, pureed pumpkin or mashed ripe bananas instead of butter. Try cutting the amount of sugar listed in recipes in half.

Tweak the sweet


For dessert, try baked apples with cinnamon and a sprinkle of sugar instead of apple pie.

Be the life of the party


Laugh, mingle, dance, and play games. Focus on fun and enjoy the company of others.

Make exercise a part of the fun


Make being active part of your holiday tradition. Enjoy a walk after a holiday meal.

Enjoy leftovers


Create delicious new meals with your leftovers. Add turkey to soups or salads. Use extra veggies in omelets, sandwiches, or stews. The possibilities are endless!