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Pies are a traditional part of most American holiday meals. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, you’ll see quite a few of these round desserts. They’re usually fruit-based and they’re just so innocent looking—how bad could they really be for your waistline? Well, pretty bad, depending on which ones you’re eating. While an apple pie may just look like apple slices in a crust, it’s probably made with a gooey filling that is all butter and sugar. Then there’s the crust, which is usually made with white flour—an enemy of your blood sugar. But, at the end of the day, you want to feel like you got to partake in the holiday festivities so you grab a slice of the apple pie, then the pumpkin pie, and let’s not forget the berry crumble. It may be time to learn to make these sweet circular treats healthier. Here are ways to make holiday pies lower in sugar, calories, and fat.

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Make your own whole wheat crust

Your filling is so sweet and delicious that you don’t even taste the crust. So give yourself some fiber points by making a whole wheat crust. You can even mix in a little bran for berry pies.

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