Healthy Christmas Recipes

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Healthy Christmas Recipes That Are Easy To Make

Christmas dinner tableDo you want to avoid the dreaded “my pants are too tight” feeling after the holidays have come to a close? Fortunately, there is a way you can avoid gaining weight while still enjoying your food at the Christmas dinner table! It’s all about learning which foods to swap for others and how to count your calories. Most people stick to the same recipes during Christmas time, but by changing yours for those recipes that are healthier, you can cut a lot of calories and fat from your holiday eating. Not only do these healthy Christmas recipes below taste great, they are also easy to make.

 

1. Sweet Potato Corn Bread:

– 2 tbsp ground flax seeds

– 1/3 cup water

– 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

– 1 cup cornmeal

– 1 medium sweet potato (diced)

– 1/4 cup sugar

– 4 tsp baking powder

– 1 tsp salt

– .5 tsp pepper

– 1 cup your choice milk

– 1/4 cup olive oil

– 1/2 cup maple syrup

Start by preheating your oven to 425 and spraying a baking dish with cooking spray. After this, put a saucepan over high heat and boil the water. Then, add in the ground flax and simmer for two minutes. Next, take the saucepan off the heat and set it aside. Then, steam your sweet potato until its tender and mash it in a small bowl. From here, combine the sugar, baking powder, salt, cornmeal and flour together in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the olive oil, syrup, ground flax mixture and almond mix. When this is done, mix the wet ingredients in with the dry and then fold in the mashed potato. Once this is well combined, pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Each serving is only a little over 100 calories, and it’s packed full of nutrients.

2. Low Calorie Mashed Potatoes:

– 3.5 cups chicken broth

– 5 large potatoes

– Ground black pepper

– 8 oz unflavored Greek yogurt

Start by boiling the potatoes in a large pot until they are tender. Once finished, drain the potatoes but save the broth in a large bowl. Mash the potatoes up and then pour in 1 1/4 cups broth, black pepper and the Greek yogurt. Mix this together until well combined and then let sit for around 5 minutes before enjoying! This is around 160 calories per serving, so it’s not filled with guilt.

3. Cranberry Spinach Salad:cranberry spinach salads are healthy Christmas recipes

– 4 cups baby spinach

– 1/2 cup dried cranberries

– 1/2 cup slivered almonds

– Poppy seed dressing

All you have to do is combine all of these in a large bowl and serve it to your guests! This should be around 200 calories per serving, as long as you don’t put too much dressing on the salad that you eat. You can also add in raw vegetables if you want to pack even more of a fiber punch or a sprinkle of feta cheese in this recipe.

4. Quinoa Stuffing:

– 1 cup quinoa

– 2.5 cups vegetable or chicken broth

– 1 diced onion

– 1 chopped celery rib

– 3 minced garlic cloves

– 1/2 cup chopped broccoli

– 1 tsp thyme

– 1/2 tsp sage

– 1/2 tsp salt

– 1/2 tsp black pepper

– 6 sliced dried French bread

– 2 cups vegetable broth

This is an ideal healthy holiday recipe for any occasion.  Start by simmering quinoa in 2 1/4 cups of broth for around 15 minutes. After this, heat the oven to 375 and sauté the onions and garlic in butter in a large skillet. After this, add in the broccoli and cook until all vegetables are soft. Add in the spices after this and then the bread (after cutting it into cubes). Let this simmer for a few minutes and then add in the rest of the broth. After the bread is soft, add in the quinoa and mix everything together. Pour into a casserole dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes! At about 200 calories per serving, this healthy Christmas recipe is a great alternative to your standard stuffing, as it is high in protein and an excellent source of dietary fiber.

5Simple Roasted Green Beans:

– 1 bunch fresh beans

– 1 tbsp olive oil

– 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

– Sprinkle of tarragon

Simply roast the green beans in the oven with the vinegar, tarragon and olive oil at 400 degrees until they are crisp. After this, sprinkle with some sliced almonds and you have a tasty side dish without all the sodium of typical green bean sides. Only around 30 calories per serving are in this recipe, so enjoy.

Place any of these dishes out on your Christmas table and people will eat them right up. While they might be healthy and good for you, the taste is still there, so you won’t have to suffer through the holidays and more importantly, you can manage to keep the weight off. These healthy Christmas recipes can reduce your calorie intake while giving you essential nutrients that you need.

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