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8 Healthy Twists on Your Favorite Festive Dishes

Why does everything we hold dear during the holidays—you know, the cram-in-your-mouth cookies, creamy casseroles, and decadent rich cakes—have to be awful for us? The good news is that your favorite festive dishes and treats don’t have to be on your naughty list.

Just make the following eight ingredient swaps to enjoy your favorite Christmas cookies, cakes, and more…

1. Unsweetened Applesauce for Butter

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to trim your waistline, substituting low fat, unsweetened applesauce in place of butter will start 2014 off lighter. Reduce the amount of butter and lard in baking with applesauce—just use a cup of applesauce in place of a cup of butter in cookies, breads, muffins, loafs, and cakes.

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