Healthy eating around the holidays doesn’t have to mean steering clear of celebratory foods and meals. It just takes a little cooking know-how.

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Whenever I develop recipes or meal plans, either in my own kitchen or at the CR test kitchen, I always look for easy ways to boost the health quotient of the dishes. (There are even tricks for desserts.) Below are some of my top tips for lightening up holiday dishes without sacrificing tradition or taste. 

To see our tips, hover your cursor (tap for mobile) on the numbered circles in each area of the illustration below.

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the December 2019 issue of Consumer Reports On Health