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Simple Swaps to Make Holiday Meals Better for You

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Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:32 am, Mon Nov 4, 2013.

(Family Features) The only thing harder than passing up a delicious dish at a party is trying to talk yourself out of eating holiday leftovers the next day. While everyone is entitled to a little indulgence now and then, it's possible to have your traditional turkey and cranberry sandwich and eat better too.

The trick is to cut calories whenever you can, and that means making simple swaps. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • The day after a festive meal, stack your sandwich high with leftover turkey, lettuce and cranberry sauce. But don't blow it by adding a big smear of mayonnaise. Instead, top this traditional sandwich with delicious, smooth Sabra® Hummus to save fat and calories.

  • If you want to cut a lot of extra carbs out of your holiday diet, skip the stuffing. Instead, try wild or brown rice with your turkey.

  • Once you've filled your plate with crudité instead of a high-calorie appetizer, don't dip carrots and celery sticks in a vat of ranch dressing. Try a dip made from Greek yogurt, like Sabra Cucumber & Dill Greek Yogurt Vegetable Dip.

  • Cut the fat and calories in mashed potatoes by making a dairy free option with creamy hummus instead of butter or milk.

  •  It's easy to drink a lot of extra calories during the holidays. Fancy coffee drinks, eggnogs and sugary cocktails can really pack on the pounds. Stick with seltzer-based drinks, sugar-free hot chocolate or herbal teas.

  • On very special occasions, enjoy a bite or two of a truly decadent dessert. Then, switch to fruit-based sweets or treat yourself to a sugar-free beverage.

You may even find yourself a little lighter and healthier after the holidays. For more great snack and recipe ideas, visit www.sabra.com.

Hummus Mashed Potatoes

Recipe: Hummus Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 6 yellow potatoes, or about 5 cups peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/3 cup Sabra hummus
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges

Preparation:

  1. Peel potatoes and place in bowl of water to cover to prevent discoloration.
  2. Cut potatoes into 1 1/2-inch cubes and place in medium sized pot with enough water to cover and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  3. Bring to boil and simmer over medium heat for about 30 minutes, or until fork goes gently through potatoes.
  4. Once cooked, drain potatoes and place back into pot over medium heat for about 3 minutes, until moisture comes out of potatoes and they appear dry.
  5. Remove from heat. In same pot, start mashing potatoes with masher.
  6. Add 1 1/3 cup hummus, oil, salt and pepper to taste. Top with sprinkling of fresh parsley and serve with lemon wedge to squeeze over top

Yield: 6 servings

Holiday Turkey Sandwich with Hummus and Cranberry

Recipe: Holiday Turkey Sandwich with Hummus and Cranberry

Ingredients:

Recipe provided by www.smithbites.com
  • 2 slices sourdough or hearty country bread
  • 1/4 cup Sabra hummus
  • 2 leaves bibb or Boston lettuce
  • 2 thin slices purple onion
  • 2-3 slices leftover turkey, sliced about 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Spread both pieces of bread with hummus, then layer lettuce, purple onion, turkey, cranberry sauce and another layer of lettuce, salt and pepper; add top piece of bread, hummus side down.

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