The festive season is rife with cookies, eggnog, chocolates and huge meals. It’s easy to see how most people gain weight and so dread the holiday ‘gobble til you wobble’ that it’s difficult to be festive. Instead of trying to avoid all your favorite meals this festive season, why not make some of your traditional classics, but with a healthy twist. That way you don’t have to spend the holiday season saying no to your favorite foods.
Stuffing: You can still enjoy your stuffing, but instead of heaps of butter and fatty sausage, make a few changes that will help you to reduce the calorie intake. Instead of butter, use olive oil (you will need much less) and substitute your pork sausages for turkey sausages instead.
Side dishes: Instead of beans slathered in butter or carrots dripping in sugared butter, opt for stuffed acorn squash. This is a really yummy and pretty way to do a squash. Just cut the squash in half and stuff with onions, mushrooms, green peppers and other items. You can even sprinkle a little low-fat cheese on the top and then bake in the oven.
Mashed potatoes: Use less butter and fat-free cream to get the same yummy texture with less fat. You can also opt for roast potatoes instead of mashed ones.
Gravy: use a gravy separator to remove all the fat from your gravy. If you don’t have one, just leave your drippings to sit on the counter for about half an hour. Then use a spoon to scoop off all the excess oil. You can also use broth to make your gravy instead of drippings.
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