Even if you’re not doing an official Whole30 during the holiday season, you may want to makeover some or all of your holiday dishes to healthier options. If you’re enjoying your food freedom, you may consider making some of these healthier swaps, then fully enjoying your favorite holiday dessert. If you are doing a Whole30, read all labels carefully to make sure all ingredients are Whole30-compatible.
This may be the year to change up your holiday traditions. Think about what is important to you about the celebration and whether traditional, often less-healthy foods need to be part of it. What is meaningful to you about the holiday?
Add-Ins or Ingredient Swaps
Slivered almonds, bacon pieces, garlic, onion
Sautée or roast with olive or avocado oil or ghee or clarified butter
Replace butter with ghee or clarified butter, coconut cream, cashew cream
Replace milk or cream with almond, coconut or other nut milk, broth, stock, or nut pods
Top with chopped walnuts or pecans, cinnamon
See above for replacements for butter, milk and cream
Replace potatoes completely or partially with mashed cauliflower
Add garlic and fresh herbs for extra flavors, e.g., chives and sage
Sausage, bacon, ham, chopped nuts, dried cranberries, cauliflower rice
Sausage, bacon, ham, chopped nuts, dried cranberries
Replace cornstarch with arrowroot powder or tapioca starch
Wishing you and your loved ones happy, healthy holidays!
TRADER JOE'S HOLIDAY VEGETABLE HASH
This delicious Holiday Vegetable Hash from Trader Joe’s is a quick, easy and Whole30-compatible substitute for stuffing. The hash contains diced butternut squash, sweet potato, red onion, celery, parsley, sage, and rosemary. Yes, it includes yummy, seasonal spices! I sautéed it in ghee with chicken sausage, salt and pepper.