Comfort foods get a bad rap – but they don’t have to! Today on ABC Lowcountry Live, I shared some ways to put a healthy twist on some classic favorites.
My mac and cheese will help you meet our VEGGIE quota for the day because it’s made with butternut squash and cauliflower. I used the Bolthouse Farms dressing to add that creaminess that we crave and to cut back on the calories and fat. All of their dressings have 60 calories and 5 grams of fat or less per serving with no preservatives or artificial flavors. Besides adding them to mac and cheese, they’re also a staple for your seasonal salads.
I shared my low carb mashed potatoes made with cauliflower and parsnips. Instead of using heavy cream, I used Pacific’s new Cashew Non-Dairy Beverage to make them light and fluffy. It’s available in the original, vanilla, and two unsweetened varieties, all carrageenan-free and made with organic fair trade certified cashews.Because it’s mild in taste, it’s a great addition to savory AND sweet recipes like soup and baked goods.
I shared my healthy holiday pizza and instead of using cheese and marinara as the base, I used this Spinach and Kale Dip & spread from La Terra Fina made with Greek Yogurt. You get great flavor, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants for less calories and fat. All their dips are gluten-free, great for entertaining and can be served warm or cold. They can also be used as a dip for sweet potato fries and as a spread on burgers.
I shared a sweet take on SUSHI made with fresh strawberries, apple, coconut and nuts so you’re getting those good vitamins and minerals. They’re by Tropical Joe – you can order them at tropijoe.com they deliver throughout the southeast. Makes a great hostess gift or if you’re entertaining guests over the holidays, a quick and easy dessert option.