Looking back, my fondest childhood memories took place during the holidays. I remember the smell of food cooking from the oven, the sound of the football game on TV, and my grandmother’s attempts to shoo us from the kitchen. Today, I’m a part of a new generation – one that’s plagued with obesity and overwhelming chronic disease. So while our traditional family recipes hold a special place in our hearts, eating healthy should also be factored into the equation.
As a nutritionist, I feel that reinventing family recipes is a great way to get your family eating healthier and a perfect opportunity to introduce new foods. One holiday recipe I’ve always enjoyed is my grandmother’s slow cooker stuffing. Born and raised in Kentucky, my grandmother’s southern-style recipes taste delicious, but are usually high in calories, saturated fat and sodium. Her original stuffing recipe contained 8 g saturated fat and 669 mg sodium per portion.
To makeover my grandmother’s recipe, I replaced the white bread with 100% whole wheat bread and used light butter. I also added red dried cranberries and chopped green apples to make it colorful! Using the new SuperTracker feature, My Recipe, I found that I lowered the saturated fat and sodium by more than half!
And how did my family feel about Melissa’s Slow Cooker Stuffing? They loved it and I hope yours will too!
For more tips on planning your holiday meal, check out the video “Holiday Meal Planning Helpful Hints From USDA.”