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By Jennifer Charland, Dt.P.

What better way to warm up during the cold winter months than with comforting classics, such as fondue and raclette? Quick and easy to prepare, they’re ideal after a day spent outdoors. However, such dishes tend to be a little heavy. If you wish to make them a little lighter and healthier—all while maintaining their delicious flavours—read on!


There are several fondue options to choose from. Chinese fondue is an excellent choice, especially if you make your own broth. Homemade broth contains less salt and fat than store-bought broth… plus it’s more flavourful. In the mood for cheese fondue? You can make a healthier version by opting for low-fat cheese. For a lighter cheese fondue, use 2/3 low-fat cheese and 1/3 traditional cheese. The result will be a healthy fondue that’s just as creamy and delicious as the more traditional version.


When we think raclette, we tend to picture charcuterie meats, and yet, other, leaner, protein can also be used: poultry, pork, beef, seafood, and fish. And whether you’re making a fondue or raclette, you can always add a plant-based option, such as tofu. For added flavour, simply marinate your tofu beforehand.


Meat is often what comes to mind first, but it’s important to also include lots of vegetables in your meal. For a burst of flavour, colour, and texture, think zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, and bok choy. Pickled veggies, such as onions, pickles, and olives, are also raclette classics. And if you’re serving a raclette or cheese fondue, consider laying out an assortment of fruit, like pears, apples, and fresh figs.


Feel free to serve your dishes with a side of crisp green salad or some delicious root vegetables that are available year-round. Think beets—raw and grated into a salad—or celeriac—served as a remoulade.


The sauces served with fondue and raclette are often made with mayonnaise. For a healthier alternative, I recommend swapping the mayo out for plain Greek yogurt. Here are a few recipe ideas.

Garlic yogurt

  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) plain Greek yogurt
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp.) soy sauce
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp.) maple syrup
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp.) fresh ginger, minced
  • 5 ml (1 tsp.) roasted sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced


  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) de plain Greek yogurt
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp.) pesto
Preparation: Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve. Whether you’re making a fondue or a raclette, the important thing is to include a variety of healthy options to choose from . . . and to enjoy every bite!