Healthy Holiday Traditions…

Time-Saving Tips to Keep Your Holidays Delicious and Nutritious

By Stephanie Perez, RD, ShopRite Dietitian Supervisor

The holidays are here and that means it’s time to enjoy the bounty of the season with friends and family. If you’re looking to lighten up your family’s favorite holiday dishes and desserts, our team of ShopRite dietitians are here to help. Below, we’ve compiled a few ideas to help bring an extra serving of cheer to your holiday celebrations.

  • Anything you can make in advance is going to save you time and make entertaining easier. Homemade cranberry sauce is simple to make, and can keep in the fridge for up to a week. Plus, if you want to cut down the amount of sugar in the recipe, you can add orange juice and orange zest for sweetness and a touch of vitamin C.


  • Make ahead meals can save the day when you’ve already booked out your oven for other main dishes such as turkey or roasts. One of my go-to entrees is a cooked grains casserole featuring rice or quinoa. Best of all, each dish can be stored in the freezer until you’re ready for them.


  • Appetizers are a great way to get the party started, but no need to stress about them while you’re trying to finish all of your other dishes. You can make your favorite homemade dips a day or two in advance, and store until you need them. To make your dips extra healthy, use low-fat yogurt in place of sour cream or mayonnaise and serve with cut-up veggies.


  • Use pre-cut veggies, or chop your own, to save time. If your menu includes dishes made with fresh seasonal vegetables, the smaller you chop them, the less time it will take for them to cook.


  • Put your slow cooker to work! You can make all sorts of “traditional” holiday meals, such as sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes or even green bean casseroles, in a slow cooker, and they’ll come out delicious every time.


  • No time to cook up an appetizer? No worries. Serve up a bowl of mixed, unsalted nuts. The variety will delight your crowd, and practically no prep is needed.


  • Don’t forget your shopping list! Stay organized and save time, energy and money by making a list of what you need during each shopping outing..


To discover more tips to save time over the holidays, stop by the office of your local ShopRite dietitian and pick up your free recipe book, Healthy Holiday Traditions.


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