Low Cal Holiday Food
Eating Healthy throughout the Holiday Season
Healthy eating is important throughout the holiday season. We often think about the big holiday meals and the parties and forget about all of the extra eating we do during the holidays on an every day basis. My goal this year is to enjoy the holiday meals but in between get back on track with healthy eating. For instance celebrate Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving day but the next day get right back on track to healthy eating. Enjoy those Christmas parties, but the next day get back to healthy eating.
For me the problem arises when I start to think "it is the holiday season so I'm just going to enjoy myself and eat whatever I want all the time".
I believe that if I stay on track the majority of the time, I can maintain a healthy living and not gain pounds over the critical holiday period and still enjoy some splurges during the big meals and parties.
On this page I will give you an example of a healthy meal choice along with recipes for all of the courses. Enjoy and stay healthy and happy this holiday season!
photographs by Mary Beth Granger
Healthy Dinner Menu
Salad with Low or NoCal Dressing
Baked Tilipia with Vegetables
Long Grain and Wild Rice
Blueberry and Apple Oat Muffins
Key Lime Pie
I have made this tilapia several times and it has turned out great each time. I use Durkee brand spices. They have one already mixed for fish and seafood that works well in this recipe. If you mix your own seasoning, tarragon or basil are good choices.
- Spray butter( I use "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter")
- Durkee fish spices (or your own mixture)
- 4 stalks celery
- 1 bunch scallions sliced
- 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms (about 4 cups)
- 4 - 6 ounce tilapia filets (fresh or frozen)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay out 4 large pieces of foil and spray with cooking spray. Layer the vegetables in the center of each piece of foil, starting with the mushrooms, then the celery and then the scallions. Spray the vegetables lightly with butter and sprinkle with spices. Lay fish fillets over the vegetables, spray with butter and sprinkle each fillet with salt, pepper and spices to taste.
- Bring the foil ends together, fold over and crimp closed on all sides to make a sealed packet. Place the packets on a baking sheet and bake until the fish is cooked through and still moist. 21 minutes worked well for me. Remove the packets from the oven and let sit two minutes before opening. Transfer fish and vegetables to plates and drizzle with cooking juices.
Long Grain and Wild Rice - easy, quick and delicious
This product is one of my favorites to add some starch to my healthy meal. It is quick, easy and delicious. You just slit the bag and heat in the microwave. A serving size of 1 cup has 190 calories. When we are watching our calories I use 1/2 cup for my serving of 95 calories.
Blueberry and Apple Oat Muffins
- In a large bowl stir together flour, oats,brown sugar, and spices. In another bowl stir together applesauce, eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Add 1 cup chopped apples and add all to the flour mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed and then fold in the blueberries. Divide evenly into twelve muffins cups which have been lighted coated with cooking spray. Bake in a 400 degree oven until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Approximately 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a rack.
- Each muffin is 133 calories.
Key Lime Pie - Delicious and Low in Fat and Calories
This is a key lime desert that I have been making for many years. I think I originally got the recipe from someone at a weight watchers meeting.