I believe that the holidays can (and should) include some special indulgences.
I also believe that we tend to use that notion to make an excuse for a month (or more) of excess eating.
There are some dishes that hold special memories and as such, should be enjoyed the way you remember them. My Aunt Anita makes candied apples that are basically apples cooked in candied red hots. They are super sweet, a dentist's worst nightmare and full of red dye number something-or-other. And what I wouldn't give to have a big bowl right now! My aunt is a fabulous, fabulous cook and always mindful of her health. But I think we both agree - those apples are worth the splurge.
But some recipes can stand up to a little healthy makeover and be just as delicious all season long.
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Spiced Pumpkin Bread is where I'm starting. I've replaced the regular all-purpose flour with white whole wheat. Simple enough and now, 100% whole grain. Healthier Holidays have begun!
And here's your Holiday Invite - If you're posting healthier twists on your traditional holiday favorites, please join the blog linkup below. It will run the entire month of December. I would love to see how you're making your holidays healthier!