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How to Have Your Cake and Eat Healthy Too this Holiday

It's holiday time and that means cookies, cakes, puddings and every sweet treat on the planet tempting us around every corner. It's unrealistic to not imbibe in sweet holiday cheer, but there are a couple of ways you can indulge without all the guilt or derailing all your hard work this year.
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It's holiday time and that means cookies, cakes, puddings and every sweet treat on the planet tempting us around every corner. It's unrealistic to not imbibe in sweet holiday cheer, but there are a couple of ways you can indulge without all the guilt or derailing all your hard work this year. One is to find products on market shelves that are indeed delicious, but are healthier versions of our favorite indulgences like typical chips, ice cream and cookies. I have a list of my favorite tasty products here. Another way is to make dessert in your own kitchen with some of these healthy ingredient swaps. Plus, by substituting certain ingredients, you can make your favorite treats gluten-free, paleo-friendly or vegan, depending on your dietary needs.

Instead of 1 cup of white flour, use:

  • 1 cup pureed black beans in brownies

  • ⅓ cup of coconut flour (plus an extra egg per ounce of coconut flour and a dash of water) in pancakes, cookies and cakes
  • 1 cup of nut flour and a half teaspoon of baking powder or soda in cookies, sweet breads and cakes
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour in anything
  • Instead of 1 cup of sugar, use:

    • 1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce in almost anything, including oatmeal cookies

  • 1 tsp of liquid stevia or 2 tbsp of powdered stevia in cookies, cakes and sweet breads
  • ½ tsp of vanilla (per 2 tbsp of sugar) in cookies, cakes, sweet breads and brownies

  • Instead of 1 cup of butter or oil, use:

    • 1 cup of pureed avocado in chocolate cookies and brownies

  • ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce and ½ cup of fat (butter or oil) in any sweet bread or muffins
  • 2-3 tbsp of chia seeds and 1 cup of water (let sit for 15 minutes) in muffins, cakes and breads
  • 1 cup of mashed banana in brownies or cookies
  • Instead of 1 egg, use:

    • 1 tbsp of chia seeds and 1 cup of water (let sit for 15 minutes) in muffins, cakes and cookies
  • 1 tbsp of flax meal and 3 tbsp of water (let sit for 10 minutes) in muffins, cakes and cookies
  • Happy and healthy holidays to you and your family!