Here is a great holiday menu for when family or friends get together. It is especially perfect for people who are looking to stay on a weight loss program or just don’t want to go overboard on the food.
Whole wheat pancakes with vanilla syrup and peppermint whipped cream are a great breakfast item for adults and kids. This recipe for whole wheat pancakes comes out to approximately 70 calories a pancake. Use about one ounce of this vanilla cinnamon syrup over the still warm pancakes for approximately 60 calories. Take some ground peppermint sticks and combine them into a tub of low calorie whipped cream. This can have as few as 40 calories. Here is a healthy breakfast with plenty of whole wheat for only 240 calories for 2 pancakes. Save the extra whipped cream for the mousse!
For the adults at the gathering, try the Ginger Snap Martini for only 104 calories per 2 ounce drink. Instead of sugar, try using splenda to cut back on the calories. It takes just like a ginger snap cookie and is sure to be a hit at any holiday celebration and is healthier than the creamier drinks like spiked eggnog.
Chex Pumpkin Pie Crunch is a great snack food for the time when people are gathering and chatting. This version has 180 calories per serving, potentially less if you make it without pecans, and since it doesn’t have the fat content of the usual cheese platter or the creaminess of dips, it is a better option for snacking.
A healthy fare that is typically found on holiday tables can be spruced up a little in a healthy way. Apple cinnamon vinaigrette on a regular green salad is a tasty way to have a healthy side dish. It is easy to make too! Start with buying low calorie vinaigrette at the store and add in 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 2 pinches of cinnamon. This is a low calorie dressing that is filled with taste.
Mashed sweet potatoes are a good alternative to two different dishes. By having these cinnamon mashed sweet potatoes, you can skip the candied yams and the mashed white potatoes. By using this low calorie recipe, you can have a serving that is under 75 calories.
This recipe for cranberry glazed ham comes out to about 200 calories per serving. That’s approximately how many calories are in a half cup of turkey stuffing alone! The cranberry glazed ham will go wonderfully with the cinnamon mashed sweet potatoes. Compared to a serving of turkey, stuffing and mashed white potatoes with gravy, you can save approximately 400 calories.
Here is a recipe for home made peppermint angel food cake. The same results could likely be achieved using a box mix combine with the peppermint and vanilla layering. This is a much healthier option for desert than regular cake because it has less calories and fat. It is healthier without frosting but a little splurge after a healthy day won’t hurt. An alternative desert option would be a low calorie chocolate mousse topped with the leftover peppermint whipped cream used on the pancakes. Both are much healthier than the typical pumpkin pie desert.
When the day is winding down, a great vanilla hot chocolate is perfect. For a lower calorie recipe, use 1% or skim milk. This is a healthy alternative to non-spiced eggnog, especially on a cold and snowy day.
The total for the food on this menu is around 1039 to 1380 calories, which leaves a large amount of room for extras!
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