Cooking Light for the Holidays

Stress, lack of sleep and plenty of high calorie foods are signs of the holidays.  With our busy schedules and lots of sweet temptations, it’s hard to eat healthfully during the holiday season.  But with a few simple steps and guidelines, you can have a healthy and happy holiday season.

If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, use that to your advantage to take control of what will be served.  You can make many of your favorite healthy dishes and make healthy substitutions in your favorite recipes.

healthy thanksgiving

When baking or maybe making your favorite casseroles, choose low-fat cheeses, creams and milk products.

You can even substitute half of the butter with pumpkin puree, applesauce or Greek yogurt when making baked goods.

Make plenty of vegetables and avoid using high calorie sauces and butter as toppings.  Steam or bake your vegetables to keep their nutrient content high, and use lemon, garlic, rosemary or other spice blends to add flavor.

And be careful when cooking not to take too many tastes and bites.  To make sure you are occupied and less tempted to snack while cooking, chew on sugar-free gum or sip some water or tea.  Also make sure you have eaten a healthy breakfast and lunch so you are not hungry while cooking to reduce the chance of overeating.

Looking for some healthy recipe inspirations?  Here are a few of my favorites!  What is your favorite healthy holiday recipe?

Roasted Broccoli  http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2008/11/the_best_brocco.html

Roasted Brussel Sprouts
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-brussels-sprouts-recipe.html?soc=sharingpinterest

Pumpkin Mac & Cheese
http://onceamonthmeals.com/pumpkin-macaroni-and-cheese/

Winter Salad
http://recipes.prevention.com/Recipe/winter-salad-with-cranberry-orange-dressing.aspx?cm_mmc=Recipe-of-the-Day-_-1525238-_-12102013-_-Winter-salad-Get-Todays-Recipe

Spinach and Cheese Quinoa Casserole
http://www.eatliverun.com/spinach-and-cheese-quinoa-casserole/

Sweet Potato Cookies
http://stephiecooks.com/2012/05/14/sweet-potato-cookies/


Starting December 1st: the Maintain, Don’t Gain Healthy Holiday Challenge.

4 weeks worth of recipes, fitness tips, encouragement, fun, motivation and a chance to win prizes!

It’s FREE and open to everyone!  Contact me to sign up!

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