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Healthier-Holidays

The holidays mean that there are lots of indulgent treats and rich dinners. Have no fear! Here are some ways to make those baked goods and dinners healthier so you can enjoy the holidays without too much guilt.

Theresa Albert is making the holidays healthier with tips for more fruit in your holiday dinners:

Don’t cheat yourself, Go for the real deal

‏cranberry ss-webSkip the canned cranberry sauce: buy your cranberries fresh or frozen and make your own sauce from scratch! With less processing from the canning and storage you’ll get more nutrients from fresh or frozen cranberries. According to the Canadian Nutrient File, 100 g of raw cranberries have 22% of your daily requirement of vitamin C, 18% of your daily requirement of fibre (4.6 g), and a whopping 91 µg of lutein and zeaxanthin, an antioxidant thought to help rid the body of free radicals.

Homemade cranberry sauce is super easy and only takes about 10 minutes. Add cranberries to a small pot, approximately 1 cup of sugar (or ½ cup maple syrup) per pound of cranberries, add ¼ cup of fresh orange juice, a squeeze of lemon juice, and water- until liquid rises to about 2/3 of the cranberries. Heat on medium high until berries soften and pop and keep stirring and cooking until the natural pectin of the cranberries turns them into classic cranberry sauce. For a little variation, reduce a little of the sugar and water and add some real maple syrup.

Same goes with your desserts: use fresh or frozen fruit to make pies as well. It’ll taste better than the canned stuff and is good for you too! Try it in this peach crème brûlée.

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Theresa Albert is a Toronto based nutritionist and communications expert, author, speaker and sought after multi-media presenter.

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