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Healthy Recipe of the Month

Celebrate the Seasons and Holidays with Healthy Meals

Tradition demands that we honor our family, culture, heritage, and country with celebrations throughout the year. Each season and holiday has its traditional favorite foods -- and they're usually high in calories and fat. After all, what would the Fourth of July be without a backyard barbeque? And Thanksgiving just wouldn't be same without the turkey, dressing, and sweet potatoes.

The key to enjoying these foods in a healthy way is to give a new twist to your old favorites. Our experts share lighter versions of their favorite family recipes, as well as cooking techniques to help you prepare delightful holiday foods without all the extra calories.

You can also take advantage of nature's bounty with healthful recipes that feature foods in season. Summer brings fresh berries, melons, tomatoes, and many other fruits and vegetables. Fall gives us cranberries, pumpkins, beans, squash, and crisp apples. Winter is a time to enjoy soups, stews, and slow-cooked meals that fill the house with enticing aromas. In spring, we savor lettuce, artichokes, asparagus, new potatoes, and more.

You'll find that it's not only possible, but easy, to make changes to your time-honored recipes to keep traditions alive while eating lighter and healthier.

Whatever the season, you can lighten your favorite foods. Try these sources for some great seasonal food ideas and a variety of recipes, plus tips for modifying your own recipes:

Source: By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD WebMD Weight Loss Clinic. Feature Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

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