8 heart healthy tips for holiday eating

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Healthy eating and the holidays may not seem synonymous but the American Heart Association offers up some tips on how to have a healthier homemade holiday meal. For truckers lucky enough to be home for the holidays, AHA provides guidance on quick ways to reduce sodium and sugar, and how to amplify a meal’s nutrition without sacrificing flavor. 

  1. Cut back on salt by choosing low sodium vegetables or frozen vegetables. Thanksgiving Health 19
  2. Use herbs and spices to replace salt altogether. 
  3. Cut back on added sugars by choosing canned fruits packaged in juice or water rather than syrup. 
  4. Switch sour cream out for non-fat, plain Greek yogurt. 
  5. Replace butter with a healthier vegetable oil or substitute equal parts unsweetened applesauce when baking.
  6. Sneak vegetables into your recipes and boost nutrition by adding pureed sweet potatoes, carrots or cauliflower. 
  7. Whole grains provide a nutritional boost. Use half wheat and half white flour, because mixing the flours helps hide the swap. 
  8. Seasonal fruit can be used to flavor water. Try infusing cranberries, pomegranate arils or orange slices into sparkling water.