While most people dread the Christmas holidays as far as weight gain goes, and think there is no escape from the extra calories the holiday entails, there are actually many tasteful options. For Christmas taste and health, simply look to favorite Christmas colors in planning your meals and party dishes. Use green and red in a variety of healthy fare that looks great on any Christmas table.
For greens, the options are endless. Use arugula and spinach for fancy salads. Healthy avocados can be prepared in a number of ways. Use limes as a garnish for low-calorie sparkling waters. The other Christmas favorite color is red. Here, make use of tomatoes in hundreds of ways, which have a boost of vitamins and antioxidants. Other healthy reds for the Christmas table are red delicious apples, stuffed red bell peppers and even fancy gourmet tomato soups.
Try a few of these healthy red and green dishes for your holiday table. Not only will they provide a low calorie and healthy carb meal, they will decorate it deliciously and naturally. All are simple to prepare.
Tomato Chickpea Soup for Easy Christmas Dinner Parties
There has never been an easier soup that is so healthy and elegant. The beauty of this soup is that you can prepare it for two or increase it and prepare it for a whole dinner party. It uses canned tomatoes that are crushed in puree, Italian spices and canned chickpeas. It truly can be prepared in minutes but will hold up for hours.
Greek Salad for a Colorful and Healthy Christmas Table Show
Colored lights on a Christmas tree have nothing on a true Greek salad. Not only do you have the traditional greens and reds, you have yellows, oranges, and even snowy white feta cheese that when crumbled has a ‘snowy’ effect. This recipe will serve at least four. If you are making it for a crowd, increase the recipe and assemble it on a large platter. It will steal the holiday table show.
Spinach and Mushroom Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette for Christmas Elegance
Serve this delight on fine creamy white china and you simply cannot have a more elegant dish for a holiday dinner party. It only takes minutes to prepare. In fact, you can prepare it the night before and toss with the vinaigrette about five minutes before serving. This is Christmas Day Dinner fare. No one will ever know that it is just simply broken fresh spinach and sliced fresh mushrooms. The vinaigrette is basically fresh lemon juice and olive oil with a little garlic and a teaspoon of honey.
Eggplant Parmesan for Christmas Eve Instead of Pizza
This is a crowd pleaser. Although it has several steps, it is simple to prepare. The aroma of the garlic and the tomato topping with Italian herbs is sure to fill your Christmas home with anticipation. This is a great Christmas Eve dish for the home front. A whole dish of un-breaded Eggplant Parmesan has less than 1,000 calories for the entire dish, and it will serve 6 to 8 people.
Avocado Sandwiches during the Christmas Crunch
These are very simple sandwiches to make and have all the color of the season. Yet, they have all the health of fresh summer fare. Basically, they are avocado, tomato, cilantro and arugula or baby greens served on toasted bread with Dijon mustard. These are a delight to have with a light soup. They make a quick vegan alternative to the standard meat and bread sandwich and they are so much more tasteful. In fact, avocados are a part of a healthy MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acids) diet that includes nuts, olives, avocados, nut butters, healthy oils and dark chocolate. Eat this way over Christmas and you may end up losing weight instead of gaining. You will never feel deprived.