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Holidays can be all about abundance or, often, overabundance. It’s said that the average holiday weight gain is two pounds a year, and if you don’t take it off, it adds up over time.
To taste good, foods don’t need gobs of butter, cream, and excess sodium. With light versions on classic dishes, the holidays can be a time for healthy celebrations. The foods can be nutritious and delicious using high-impact flavors like fresh herbs, spices and seasonal fruits and vegetables.
I’ve also noticed that in this past year, many people are paying more attention to diet, becoming vegans, or eating gluten free,with great success. Whatever works for you, I’ve compiled some great sites, and a variety of recipes to taunt every palate.
- Best Thanksgiving Turkey recipes: A great slideshow with excellent variety.
Potato — Mashed, Sweet or both?
- Light n Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Casserole recipe
- For all my friends south of the border, check out this Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe! Now, I’m really hungry.
- Sizzled Green Beans and Crispy Prosciutto Pine Nuts. There are great textures in this dish.
- Roasted brussel sprouts with walnuts and bacon.
- Cranberry relish with apples, oranges and pineapple.
I know I am slipping into dangerous territory here, so I’ll just say that this is the one course where you don’t have to forgo all of your favorites. Indulge, but just a little. For something different though, check out these sweet and nutritious sweets.
- Bread Pudding made with caramelized pears, cinnamon and cloves.
- Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake. This recipe can easily be done the day before.
- Sweet Potato Pie Spiced Cream
- Holiday Fruit Salad Recipes. This is no ordinary fruit salad—it’s a work of art!
Vegan Holiday Menu:
Gluten free Holiday Menu
Most importantly – Focus on the fun — the holidays aren’t just about food. They’re about friends and family too. Use the season to spend time catching up with friends and loved ones, and participating in community events. Bring the focus away from eating and celebrate the people in your life. With just a little bit of discipline, you’ll have your own great recipe for the holidays, without regret next time you step on the scale.