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How To Not Get Fat Over The Holidays Part 2

In Part I of How to Not Get Fat Over The Holidays I gave you some simple Do’s and Don’ts.  In Part II, I only have one and it’s a big DO.

DO Enjoy “Healthier” alternatives to your traditional holiday favorites.

I scoured the interwebs for some amazing alternative recipes for you.

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#1. Skip the Egg Nog and opt for the Nutritional Style Chai


My dear friend, the gorgeous Holli Thompson made this delicious wintery beverage for ABC TV’s Let’s Talk Live and the hosts loved it.  Click here for the recipe.





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#2. Skip the sweet potatoes with marshmellows (which I confess, is my favorite holiday side!) and go for Well Fed’s Velvety Butternut Squash

I stumbled upon Melissa Joulwan’s blog and her paleo cookbook Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat a few months ago.  Her family history is rich with cooking culture and great ideas, I highly recomment the book!

Here’s the recipe for Velvety Butternut Squash

…and 9 more Thanksgiving sides she recommends.



#3. Skip the white mashed potatoes laden with cream and cheese and surprise and delight your guests with Whole9 Life’s Rosemary Mashed Fauxtatoes.

How freaking delicious does that look? I bet you can swap these out for the normal mashed potatoes and no one would even know (if you pull this off successfully, let me know!)

The recipe is here, along with several other Healthy Whole9 Thanksgiving ideas.

How To Not Get Fat Over The Holidays Part 2
  • Laurie Erdman | Chronic Wellness Coach

    Great post.  I'm also giving away 13 side dish and dessert recipes just for the holiday season.  Check it out:

    • Liz DiAlto

      Genius, Laurie-b/c this is where all the temptation lies, in the desserts and side dishes!

  • Sue Ann Gleason

    I like to "elevate" the cookie exchange experience so that we walk confidently into the holiday season knowing we CAN EAT yummy treats without "falling off the wagon". The key is choosing wholesome ingredients. These no-bake chocolate almond bars are delicious, satisfying and nourishing on so many levels. Enjoy!

    • Liz DiAlto

      Ooh, I will be trying these out for sure, Sue Ann, thank you!

  • Silvana Perelli

    Love this recipe exchange… Here's one of my fave holiday recipes that has just a touch of sweetness: Brussels Sprouts with Macadamia and Maple Sryup.
    I have a whole Holiday Recipe section on my website… feel free to browse. The recipes are all FREE and delicous.
    Happy Holidays!

    • Liz DiAlto

      My favorite brussel sprouts ever had bacon, maple syrup and a fried egg.  SO GOOD! This sounds tasty, too 🙂