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Make Small Changes for a Healthy Holiday – Makeover Your Holiday Plate with MyPlate

MyPlate Holiday Makeover. Click to Enlarge.

MyPlate Holiday Makeover. Click to Enlarge.

We all cherish time-honored holiday traditions; yet want to make healthier choices when celebrating the holiday season. Simple swaps or ingredient substitutions are a great way to revamp classic favorites – making them healthier without sacrificing the memories.

The MyPlate Holiday Makeover infographic provides ideas to help you make great choices. From baking to seasoning, this new resource can show you an easier way to make your meals healthier. Choose recipes that include unsweetened applesauce or mashed ripe bananas instead of butter. Boost the flavor of foods with spices and herbs such as cinnamon, cumin, or thyme and cut back the sugar and salt. Brighten up your meals with fruits and vegetables and go easy on the sauces, gravies, and cream.

Join us for our MyPlate’s Holiday Makeover series to find quick and easy tips to get you through office parties, neighborhood potlucks, and family gatherings.  Visit, MyPlate Facebook and @MyPlate on Twitter to find more suggestions and tips to help you get through the holidays.

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8 Responses to “Make Small Changes for a Healthy Holiday – Makeover Your Holiday Plate with MyPlate”

  1. Rajen Anand says:

    Keep up the excellent work, Jackie. Congratulations in taking over the helm of CNPP. You are born leader and will do fine. My best wishes are always with you.

    How are things at the Center?

  2. The Lively RD says:

    This is an awesome infographic?

  3. David says:

    I like this very practical swapping chart. I’ve done the applesauce/banana swap for butter/oil in cakes and no one even noticed.

  4. J Nelson says:

    Would be more useful if the pdf could be downloaded for 8 1/2 by 11 and 8 1/2 by 14 without part of graphics cut off.

  5. Ben [USDA Moderator] says:

    J Nelson: thank you for your comment. You can view and download more sizes of our infographic at

  6. Melissa says:

    Do you have this in Spanish? I love it!

  7. Rocio says:

    Are there any plans for translating this into Spanish? That would be wonderful!

  8. Ben [USDA Moderator] says:

    @Rocio – thank you for your interest in this resource! Currently we do not have plans to translate this material into Spanish, however we will take your request into consideration as we develop future Spanish-language materials. You can find a wealth of MyPlate materials in Spanish (MiPlato) here:

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