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It seems wrong to call a holiday meal a ‘light dinner.’ If we’re telling it like it is, we’d be better off naming it the ‘Christmas Feast’ or ‘The Annual Homage to Fat, Sugar and Carbs’ or ‘Let’s Get Our Santa Bellies On 2014.’ After all, it’s the excess calories that make it such a good meal. But what if it were possible to serve a healthier holiday meal without sacrificing a bite of flavour? You’d do it, right?

Meet Chef Jo Lusted, the chef, TV host and author of Dish Do-Over. She is an expert on healthy ingredient swaps, but she’s also a realist and a big fan of traditional Christmas dinner.  Lusted knows that your Uncle Fred will never talk to you again if you try switching the stuffing for baked lentils. “Don’t stray too far from the classics,” she advises, but do follow her subtle tips and you’ll be the only one who knows that the best Christmas dinner your family has ever had is also the healthiest.