Making healthy choices during the holidays can be difficult. Here are some tips for a healthy food choices using the plate format:
Fill ½ of your plate with vegetables, such as carrots, green beans, broccoli, salad, brussel sprouts, or asparagus.
Avoid casseroles or dishes that have heavy creams, sauces, butter, or crusts.
If your table is low on vegetables, consider adding fruit to this half of your plate. Cranberries, baked apples, and pears are good options.
Fill ¼ of your plate with starches such as stuffing and sweet potatoes.
Other choices for this section may include: mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, or corn pudding.
Skip the bread or rolls.
Fill ¼ of your plate with lean turkey slices (approx. 3-4oz).
Avoid dark meat, including drumsticks.
Remove the skin from the turkey before eating.
Instead of gravy, use a fruit-based relish special kick.
I stumbled across this Weight Watcher recipe a few years ago and it is fantastic. It takes about one whole minute to whip together and it is low calorie and no fat!!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1- Angel Food Cake Mix
- 1- 20 oz. Can Crushed Pineapple in juice
- 1- Fat Free Cool Whip
Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Mix package of Angel Food Cake Mix and one 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple. Pour into an ungreased 9″x13″ pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Let Cool. Spread Cool Whip on top. Makes 16 servings!
- 120 Calories
- 28 g Carbohydrate
- 2 g Protein
- 0 Fat
- 130 mg Sodium
It’s that time of year again! Are you ready for The 25 Days of Healthy Holiday Habits?
Wow! It’s hard to believe Labor Day and the end of summer is upon us. Here’s a healthy menu plan to keep you on track with your weight management goals.
Skinny Deviled Eggs
Skinny Pulled Chicken Sandwich
Skinny Pasta Salad
Red, White & Blue Parfait
Have A Safe and Wonderful Labor Day !!!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 6 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- paprika, optional
Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and let eggs stand in hot water for 20 minutes. Remove eggs from hot water and place in a bowl of ice water. Peel.
Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and transfer to a bowl; mash with a fork. Stir mayonnaise and mustard into yolks until smooth. Spoon yolk mixture into the egg whites and lightly sprinkle with paprika. Chill before serving. Makes 6 servings.
Nutrition Info: 1 Serving(2 egg halves) = 86 calories, 6 grams fat, 6 grams protein
Happy National Nutrition Month! Help me celebrate 2014“Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” and follow my daily posts.
This is the perfect Valentine Dessert! Happy Valentine’s Day!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1 box red velvet cake mix
- 1 can diet pepsi or any diet cola
Beat the cake mix and diet soda in large bowl on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter into a 9″ x 11″ baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. And bake a 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes minutes. Let Cool. Ice with Skinny Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting. Makes 16 servings.
NUTRITION INFO: (Per serving with frosting)
159 Calories; 2 gm fat; 24 gm carbohydrate; 3 gm protein; 330 mg sodium
I am really impressed with this smoothie creation. It is so yummy and versatile. It can be served as a low calorie substitute for egg nog or as a breakfast smoothie. So give it a blend and enjoy.
What you need:
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup 50/50 orange juice (Tropicana)
- 6 oz. vanilla greek yogurt
- 1 medium banana
- 10 ice cubes
What to do:
Place all ingredients except cinnamon in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour in glasses. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition Info: (per serving) 90 calories, 17 g carbohydrate, 4 g protein, < 1 g fat, 66 mg sodium
Merry Christmas! Enjoy the Holiday!