The holidays are wonderful times to gather with family and friends. Savoring special meals and traditional dishes are all a part of the celebration. But how do you join in without giving in to full temptation and just toss your healthy approach to nutrition right out the window? We have found some great tips and recipes for tried and true favorites as well as some new ones. Happy Holidays!
- Sweet potato hummus is a wonderful change from the same old hummus and adds a holiday touch while providing a higher protein count than most appetizers. Serve it with fresh veggies and your guests will thank you.
- These honey mustard chicken wings may look like the calorie laden wings you try to avoid, but this oven roasted option is packed with flavor and noticeably less of the empty calories.
- Oven roasted fall vegetables
- This totally gluten free Sausage, Apple, and Butternut Squash Stuffing is so full of flavor that you won’t miss all that bread. The sausage gives it a hearty kick.
- These Slow cooker fresh garlic green beans are not only healthy, but easy on your time in the kitchen on Thanksgiving.
- Make your mashed potatoes with the potato cooking water instead of butter and cream. Other options are chicken or turkey broth and fat free sour cream. Add plenty of garlic and herbs and the flavor will ensure that no one misses all that butter.
There are some great ways to cook the bird that keep the flavor and lose the unnecessary fat and calories. If you are not having a huge crowd, consider getting just a turkey breast. This meat has less calories and fat than the dark meat and you can avoid trying to cook both types of meat at the same time and have perfectly done and moist breast meat.
Also, avoid rubbing the skin with butter or oil, try spraying instead with an oil spray and rub immediately with seasonings.
- This pumpkin pie recipe uses white whole wheat flour to give it a lighter taste, yet is a healthier choice than bleached flour. Additionally, only 4 tablespoons of butter are used for the crust instead of the typical 8 – 16 tablespoons.
- Sweetened with applesauce, these pumpkin cookies are super moist and sure to be a hit at only 42 calories each.
Cocktails: Are tending bar at your own party this year, you can offer some fun, festive, and low cal options. Champagne has only 85 calories and a festive way to stay away from calorie laden wine and cocktails. If you must have a cocktail, avoid those cocktails with sugar or simple syrup. If you are out an about, talk with the bartender about coming up with some of the following low calorie and fun holiday cocktail options here.
The best way to avoid those unnecessary calories at the holidays is to think ahead, use some of our ideas and you will enjoy the celebrations more, knowing that you have made some good choices.
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