March 22, 2016

Lighten Up Your Holiday Meals

In just a few weeks, many of us will be gathered around our tables, celebrating the holidays with traditional foods that have been passed down from generation to generation. Although there is something wonderful about indulging in beloved family recipes, there’s also something special about updating these recipes to make them healthier — thereby ensuring that future generations will be able to use and enjoy them for decades to come.

So how can you lighten up your holiday meals while still keeping them delicious?

One easy way is to reduce sodium. For instance, while some hams and turkey rubs are high in salt, you can balance out the amount of salt that’s served in your “main course” by serving side dishes with little or no salt added.

Another suggestion is to make your dishes from scratch. Prepared foods have their advantages, but you’ll always have more control in the salt department when you know exactly how your food has been prepared.

Lastly, if you crave flavor but not sodium, try swapping salt for herbs and spices. Sage, thyme, oregano, basil and other savory herbs work wonders – and they are guaranteed to make your healthier recipe a “new” family tradition.

And remember you can always visit one of our in-store registered dietitians for a free consultation or for help adding healthier options to your family meals. For a list of stores near you visit us at