Who doesn’t love feasting during the holidays?
Piping hot mugs of hot cocoa spiked with peppermint candy canes and marshmallows.
A succulent ham roast studded with cloves and glazed with cherry preserves.
Smooth mashed potatoes spiked with herbed butter and a little Parmesan cheese.
Roasted vegetables smothered in butter and delicate herbs.
And copious amounts of
delicately decorated Christmas sugar cookies that as you nibble bring back memories of cozying up by the fire on Christmas eve waiting for Santa to arrive.
Of course, memories of not caring about what you put into your body also come to mind and you wish that you could go back in time and just keep that mind set. Unfortunately reality has set in and most of the foods served during the holidays do little for you nutritionally.
Yes, every so often splurging and having that slab of ham or a few sugar dusted cookies is fine, but people tend to go a bit crazy during the holidays with the excuse in mind, “hey, it’s time for celebration!” This sort of thinking can get you into trouble.
Instead of trying your hardest to ignore the cookie platter, egg nog or sweet potato pie though, why not “splurge” in a healthy fashion. If you stick to the below list of dishes that have both healthy nutritional components as well as low calorie counts, you will easily be able to squeeze by this holiday season and into your skinny jeans while still treating your taste buds!
- Roasted Turkey Breast
- Roasted Salmon Fillet
- Roasted Beef Tenderloin
- Baked Sweet Potatoes and/or Regular Potatoes (topped with Salsa, Tapenade or a splash of Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
- Roasted Root Vegetables
- Sauteed Leafy Greens in Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Garlic
- Cranberries simmered in their own juices (and sweetened with stevia)
- Green Beans (roasted, steamed or sauteed and topped with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Sun Dried Tomatoes)
- Baked Apples or Pears sprinkled with Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg and Stevia
- Red or White Wine (1 – 2 glasses)