Hidden Health Benefits of Holiday Classics

Celebrity Chef Katie Brown (host of PBS’ “Katie Brown Workshop,” author of best-selling cookbooks Katie Brown Celebrates and Katie Brown’s Outdoor Entertaining and the current Splenda Signature Chef) has shared her tips on the hidden health benefits of some holiday classics.

Katie Brown shows us how we can add the following nutrient-rich foods to any festive menu that are naturally low in calories, and offer fiber, essential vitamins and minerals to help you take small steps toward a healthier diet while still enjoying the bounty of the season!

Katie’s suggested foods to embrace this season include:


A great source of Vitamins C and A, this dark, leafy green vegetable is a versatile high-fiber food. Use it in salads to kick-off your holiday menu, like in this Baby Spinach and Bacon Salad or as a stand-alone as a side dish sauteed with garlic.


A favorite green side dish, green beans are naturally low in calories and are an excellent source of vitamins K and C as well as potassium, iron, folate, fiber and more. Serve by sauteing in garlic and olive oil with a dash of kosher salt for a simple side dish that is sure to please!


Give your favorite holiday pumpkin recipe a fiber boost by ditching the sugar and baking with Splenda with Fiber, Granulated, a no-calorie sweetener for foods and beverages with three grams of fiber per tablespoon. Whether it’s in pies, muffins, cookies or bread, you’ll get a two-for-one bonus – more fiber with less added sugars.


A classic in seasonal casseroles, pies and soups, sweet potatoes are on the top of the list when it comes to great-tasting, versatile and healthy vegetables. The benefits of this festive vegetable include antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and blood sugar-regulating nutrients. Bake a Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole or pie to enjoy a delicious treat with some serious health benefits, or simply mash up and serve as a side dish to your turkey!


Great as a salad-topper, in muffins or as the staple side-dish to your Thanksgiving turkey, cranberries are a sweet treat that happen to be healthy for you too. Not only rich in antioxidants, cranberries are also a source of fiber and have been proven to help lower cholesterol.