You don’t have to give up on a nutrition in order to enjoy all of your holiday favorites. We’ve reworked all the classics to earn Guiding Stars. Have a favorite we missed? Let us know in the comments! You can improve the nutrition of any dish by lowering the salt, sugar and saturated fats and using more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
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Good eats don’t have to be bad for you, even on Thanksgiving. Swap one of your traditional fruit pies out for this crumble that is nutrient rich with whole fruit, whole grains and nuts. Your family will go wild for it every year.
As beloved as the classic boxed stuffing may be, you’ll find your family sneaking back for seconds with this rich, delicious stuffing. Apples and cranberries balance the robust flavor provided by broth and fresh herbs. Made from whole-grain bread, this stuffing provides better nutrition than most and will help you enjoy that Thanksgiving-full feeling without eating as much.
As much as we all loved the jellied slabs of canned cranberry sauce, that beloved relish is packed with sugar and offers none of the nutritional benefits of real cranberries. Making your own cranberry sauce is one of the simplest ways to improve the nutritional showing of your holiday feast. This fresh cranberry sauce is delectably spiced with orange, cinnamon and cloves and offers a solid 12% of your recommended dietary fiber, compared to the 2% common to canned sauces.
Cooking in the fall can be as beautiful in color as the leaves on the trees. Pumpkin and squash provide a rich palette of oranges. Apples offer shades from red to green like trees half-changed. Corn brings hints of yellow. Whole grains provide the counterpoint of muted browns as a background for the bright colors for a feast that is as lovely as it is healthful and delicious.
This recipe is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a sweet, spooky treat this Halloween. Give your kids a bowl of extra blueberries to let them sculpt their own terrifying faces onto their ghostly shakes. If you’re serving a crowd, hand out paper cups and markers and let them go crazy with their creepiest imaginations while they wait their turn to be served.
Squash soup is a classic favorite, and don’t get us wrong–we love the classic version we grew up on. If you’re looking for something just a little different with an extra hint of pizzazz, however, this is the soup for you. Serve it with whole-grain naan and a lightly dressed side salad for a wonderful, balanced fall meal that’s simple enough for a school night and elegant enough for a celebration.