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Low Cal Holiday Food

Updated on November 21, 2014
Key Lime Pie
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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

Homemade Applesauce

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.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • Spray butter( I use "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter")
  • Durkee fish spices (or your own mixture)
  • 4 stalks celery
  • sliced
  • 1 bunch scallions sliced
  • 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms (about 4 cups)
  • 4 - 6 ounce tilapia filets (fresh or frozen)

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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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

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Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 12

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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    • BuckHawkcenter profile image

      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      You just had to remind me to eat healthy, didn't ya! But, I'll take any of these recipes to go with my otherwise "unhealthy" stuff!

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Yum - who would have thought 'eating healthy' could look and taste so good!

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      The key lime pie looks luscious! It's one of my favorites!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Delicious recipes! I could easily eat healthy with recipes like this!

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      FashionMommy 6 years ago

      Lovely recipes! They sound delicious. I will be delighted to try and make them. Great job and thanks for sharing!

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      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      The baked tilapia and vegetables recipe looks especially delicious. Congratulations on your lens being chosen to be featured on the Fall Harvest Fest monsterboard. Have bookmarked this page into my recipes folder.

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      Great ideas and recipes! I always try to sneak in a few healthy options at our holiday tables.

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      greenlungsofpoland 6 years ago

      Great idea for a lens hope to try some of these ideas out

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      Sue Mah 6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Holidays play havoc to my healthy meals. It takes some discipline to keep to the same eating habits. I think most of us tend to overeat when we are on holiday. I love your blueberry apple oat muffins.

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      oivatco 6 years ago

      Thank you for posting this lens. Personally I struggle to try and not brake my diet during the Holidays. These are great tips! to keep you eating healthy, motivated and staying within your diet. One key Lime pie!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This sounds like a great plan, and you are absolutely right, many of us spend the last couple months eating way too much food. For me personally, I keep lots of delicious fruit that is in season around the house, and try to always choose that over something sweetened with sugar. Great lens!

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      A good start here. Can't wait to read even more tips! Best wishes in your goal.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Holiday is the time when we can eat & live as we want. No restriction should be there. We follow routine diet plan through out the year. So holidays should be rest in all. Well holidays are coming in the form of thanksgiving, Black Friday & Christmas :)

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      LyricalVenus 6 years ago

      Well done! I think that is the main key - your mental attitude! I know sometimes in the past I have looked at the end of the year as a long downhill slippery slope from Halloween candy to New Year's parties, but really, there are only a few days out of all those months that are true celebration days! I can stay moderate the rest of the months. Great ideas!

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      It seems to be the case with most of us that we stuff ourselves over the festive seasons.Some great recipes here.I also love the recipe cards, Nice lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      nicely done - I love these recipe cards

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      I like the recipe cards. Great recipes and holiday eating tips!

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