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

Posted by Jackie Haven, Acting Executive Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion in Food and Nutrition
Nov 17, 2017
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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Rajen Anand
Nov 21, 2013

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?

The Lively RD
Nov 22, 2013

This is an awesome infographic?

Nov 22, 2013

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

J Nelson
Nov 22, 2013

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.

Oct 23, 2014

Do you have this in Spanish? I love it!

Oct 14, 2015

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

Ben Weaver
Oct 15, 2015

@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:

Julia Patino
Nov 17, 2017

Hi I am looking for a Spanish version of this pdf. Is there one available?

Julia Patino
Nov 17, 2017

I asked earlier if a Spanish version of this pdf is available. You can contact me at my email.

Elisa Hernandez
Feb 16, 2018

Good afternoon,

I was happy to see this information on your site. I am a manger for a health plan and we are required by the Department of Health Care Services to have materials available to the Medi-Cal population in specific threshold languages, English and Spanish. I was sadly disappointed to see that there is no Spanish version of the Holiday Makeover.

I would appreciate it if you can inform whether there are plans to translate this information or if our plan can translate it internally as we would like to use it but cannot unless it is in both languages.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Ben Weaver
Mar 01, 2018

@Elisa Hernandez - Thank you for your interest in this resource. Unfortunately, we do not have a Spanish version of the MyPlate Holiday Makeover infographic; however, you can find other MyPlate Spanish materials here: