7 Easy Ways To Eat Healthier This Week ~ Christine Byrne

1. Experiment with healthier baking substitutions this holiday season.

Experiment with healthier baking substitutions this holiday season.

No need to go crazy, or substitute EVERYTHING in a recipe, but a couple swaps here and there are worth trying, if you want. Learn more here.

2. Try an in-season fruit or vegetable that you’ve never had. If you like summer stone fruits like peaches and plums, you’ll probably love persimmons, too.

They’re also super versatile. You can freeze them and freeze them and blend them into sorbet, or roast them and add them to a salad. They also taste great straight up.

3. Stuck in a rut with make-ahead lunch ideas? Shake things up with this salmon, quinoa, and butternut squash.

Stuck in a rut with make-ahead lunch ideas? Shake things up with this salmon, quinoa, and butternut squash.

Recipe here.

4. Colder weather calls for comfort food, but it doesn’t have to be heavy. Try making a healthy soup to eat for lunches and dinners.

Colder weather calls for comfort food, but it doesn't have to be heavy. Try making a healthy soup to eat for lunches and dinners.

Learn more here.

5. Try this butternut squash mac and cheese. It’s a little healthier than the original, but has enough of the good stuff to feed your soul.

Try this butternut squash mac and cheese. It's a little healthier than the original, but has enough of the good stuff to feed your soul.

Recipe here.

6. You don’t have to abstain from alcohol during holiday parties, but it might help to keep in mind that all drinks are NOT are not created equal in terms of sugar and calories.

You don't have to abstain from alcohol during holiday parties, but it might help to keep in mind that all drinks are NOT are not created equal in terms of sugar and calories.

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Here are some lower-calorie cocktail options to try. Also worth noting: Less sugar = less of a hangover.

7. Think outside of the box for breakfast. Stuffed sweet potato? Why not!?

Think outside of the box for breakfast. Stuffed sweet potato? Why not!?

There’s also a killer recipe for quinoa granola to put inside. Recipe here.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/healthy-holiday-season#.dk88om2VDa

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