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Best Healthy Holiday Side Dish Recipes

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12.19.14
 

When the time comes to set the table, what dishes will be a part of your spread? Change things up with these insanely delicious, no-guilt crowd-pleasers!

 
 

Hungry Girl's Toasty Marshmallow Sweet Potato Skins Toasty Marshmallow Sweet Potato Skins
1/10th of recipe (1 skin): 74 calories, <0.5g fat, 94mg sodium, 17.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 7.5g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*


Did a classic bar snack just score a seat at the holiday dinner table? Yup! These seasonal skins are terrific as a side dish, not to mention as a nice anytime finger food. Super!

 
 

Hungry Girl's Savory Cranberry & Cheese BitesSavory Cranberry & Cheese Bites
1/5th of recipe (3 bites): 116 calories, 6.5g fat, 120mg sodium, 10.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 5.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

Here's another fun li'l sweet 'n savory app for ya -- cheese and fruit are so good together, and cranberries are a no-brainer this time of year. Plus, this recipe takes only 15 minutes to make!

 
 

Hungry Girl's Rockin' Lean Bean CasseroleRockin' Lean Bean Casserole
1/8th of casserole: 95 calories, 2.5g fat, 539mg sodium, 16g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 5g sugars, 3.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

You're trying to make a lighter meal, but there's always at least one relative who'll throw a fit if green-bean casserole isn't in the mix. No problem. Thanks to a few super-smart swaps, our recipe has a small fraction of the fat and calories in traditional GB casseroles.

 
 

Hungry Girl's I Can't Believe It's Not Sweet Potato Pie
I Can't Believe It's Not Sweet Potato Pie
1/8th of pie: 142 calories, <0.5g fat, 263mg sodium, 33g carbs, 3g fiber, 12.5g sugars, 5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Ready for gooey, sweet comfort food? We've got what you need, minus a whole lot of excess calories. The secret? We use butternut squash instead of yams! Give it a try, and it'll blow your mind...

 
 

Hungry Girl's Cran-tastic Apple Cornbread Stuffing Cran-tastic Apple Cornbread Stuffing
1/8th of recipe (1 heaping cup): 159 calories, 0.5g fat, 375mg sodium, 34g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 15g sugars, 5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Who doesn't love schmancy stuffing? But all the butter and carbs that go into conventional recipes aren't so lovable. This side dish is a winner -- and we swear, your guests will NEVER suspect it's a slimmed-down dish.

 
 

Hungry Girl's Glaze-of-Glory Candied CarrotsGlaze-of-Glory Candied Carrots
1/7th of recipe (about 1 cup): 102 calories, 1.5g fat, 286mg sodium, 22g carbs, 3g fiber, 13g sugars, 1.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

What is it about this time of year that makes us want to slather all veggies in creamy sauces and sweet glazes? The flavor may be great, but the calories pile up quickly. Well, a cup of these carrots has just over 100 calories. Slather away!

 
 

Hungry Girl's Great Garlic Miracle Mashies Great Garlic Miracle Mashies
1/5th of recipe (about 3/4 cup): 120 calories, 3g fat, 315mg sodium, 20.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 4g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

Because mashed potatoes ROCK. You can't have a big holiday feast without some spuds making an appearance. Give this trick a try -- mash in some cauliflower with those potatoes! The texture is great, and you'll get a lot more bang for your calorie buck.

 
 

Hungry Girl's Holiday Stuffed PortabellasHoliday Stuffed Portabellas
1/6th of recipe (1 stuffed mushroom): 188 calories, 2.5g fat, 449mg sodium, 38.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 14g sugars, 6.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

This recipe solves many problems at once. Need a light stuffing option? Here you go. Not much of a cook? This is so easy to make -- it calls for a boxed stuffing mix. Tend to scoop too much stuffing onto your plate? This recipe is portion controlled. It's the gift that keeps on giving!

 

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It's National Oatmeal Muffin Day, December 19th. One bowl of Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal, coming right up!

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