Healthier during the Holidays

I heard on the radio that the average person gains one pound every holiday season and is never able to lose that pound. Thus, after five years, you have gained a full five pounds solely from holiday eating. The holidays are all about having unhealthy food in abundance. However, we can modify what and how much we eat, without sacrificing the deliciousness of the season.

With Thanksgiving upcoming, I have been looking for healthier recipes for my favorite foods, and there are many options out there. Ellie Krieger, a chef well-known for providing delicious yet healthy recipes, has a wonderful recipe for sweet potato-pecan casserole (find the original here!) that everyone will enjoy. Even better: it’s only 160 calories per serving! So eat up! And Happy Thanksgiving.

Share your favorite recipes, let us know if you try this one, and stay healthy this holiday season!

Sweet Potato-Pecan Casserole by Ellie Krieger


  • Cooking spray
  • 3 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 5 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

Yields 8 servings, Total time: 1hr 15 min


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mist an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a pot with a large steamer basket in place. Put the sweet potatoes in the basket, cover and steam until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and let cool slightly. Add the honey, egg, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the nutmeg, ginger and 1/2 teaspoon salt; whip with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread the sweet potato mixture in the prepared baking dish.

Mix the brown sugar, pecans and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl; sprinkle over the potatoes. Bake until hot and beginning to brown around the edges, 40 to 45 minutes.

2 Responses to Healthier during the Holidays

  1. I think brussel sprouts get a bad rap: I love them roasted! Super delicious and healthy. Just be careful, they’re slightly addictive.

    What you need:
    ~2 lbs brussel sprouts, washed and trimmed
    2-3 Tbs good olive oil

    Preheat the oven to 400. Toss the brussel sprouts with the oil, salt and pepper until evenly coated. Spread in single layer on a sheet pan or baking dish (I’ve used everything from cookie sheets to pyrex casserole dishes). Bake for 35 minutes (shake or stir ‘em around periodically so they don’t stick), or until the outsides are browned and crispy and delicious. Sprinkle with salt to taste.

    These are also fantastic with your favorite spices and add-ons, like garlic, lemon pepper, paprika, parmesan or a little bacon. Delicious.

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