Friday Five: 5 Healthy Holiday Meals

The holiday season and eating go together like peanut butter and jelly (clearly it’s already on my mind). We dine on turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc. for Thanksgiving, and then devour more turkey, latkes, and potatoes during in December. Therefore, it’s not much of a surprise when we tip the scales on January 1 and immediately decide that we need to lose weight.

Much has been made about staying in shape during the holiday season. Visiting a ski resort is a tremendous way to burn off calories, as are snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. But what about the food that we serve? Here to help is our Friday Five: 5 delicious holiday meals that will fill you up without adding the excess weight.

1. Appetizer: Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix

This serves as a replacement for the typical fare of nuts and pretzels. Adding fruit and fiber is good in any diet, but especially helpful when it replaces salt and fat. Best part about this snack mix is that it’s customizable. Don’t like the garlic and chili powder? Take it out! Want to add more? Go for it. Half a cup of this mix has just 154 calories, trace amounts of fat, and no cholesterol.

Recipe here!

Courtesy of the Mayo Clinic

2. Salad: Candied Walnut, Pear, and Leafy Green Salad

Homemade dressing and candied walnuts make this recipe a winner. The leafy greens provide essential vitamins and minerals, as well as a unique taste, and the pear adds a subtle sweetness to the salad. If you’re really feeling adventurous, add one of your favorite cheeses. Each 1-cup serving contains just 171 calories, no cholesterol, and plenty of fiber and protein.

Recipe here!

Courtesy of Cooking Light

3. Entree: Herb-Roasted Turkey

This one will take you slightly longer to make, but is certainly worth it. Mix up the selection of herbs and rub the mixture onto the turkey. Combined with the various aromatics that you will place in the body cavity, you should be left with a flavorful meal that will be both delicious and healthy. One serving of this herb-roasted turkey has just 155 calories.

Recipe here!

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4. Side: Citrus Green Beans with Pine Nuts

Surprisingly easy to make, these green beans will be unlike anything you’ve ever had before. The recipe calls for both orange rind and orange juice, adding that sweet kick of citrus. The addition of pine nuts at the end is also a welcome complement to the beans. Once again, plenty of fiber and protein in this dish without the calories. 86 calories, 2.5 grams of protein, and 4.5 grams of fiber.

Recipe here!

Courtesy of Cooking Light

5. Dessert: Warm Chocolate Souffle

Let’s be real here, we all need dessert. For me, anything with chocolate has my name on it, and these are no different. But how can a chocolate souffle be healthy? Easy: egg whites, unsweetened cocoa, and more make this delicious dessert only 184 calories. Compared with souffles that can top the 400 calorie mark, this one gives you plenty of taste without the added weight.

Recipe here!

Courtesy of the Mayo Clinic

So there you have it, a full meal ready to go this holiday season. The total calorie count: 750 for five different recipes. Combined with a good amount of exercise, you won’t need to dread stepping on the scale come January.



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