The Healthy Holiday Food Guide: Ingredient Substitutions

Who says the holidays have to be unhealthy?
Who says the holidays have to be unhealthy?
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When we celebrate, we like to do it with food, gathering with friends and family to share a special meal around a table -- perhaps with a champagne toast.

But the holiday season tends to be packed with events, and indulging in high-fat goodies and sugary delicacies every week will take a toll on your health.

You don't have to give anything up (except maybe eggnog). Just learn some healthy substitutes for the more common unhealthy ingredients in recipes.

Whether you're the one behind the stove or at the dining table, there are ways to create a lighter version of your holiday favorites. Here are 10 of them.