Holiday Season is here, and for me that means gaining few pounds and feeling guilty afterwards. So, I recently read this article from OC Parenting magazine, which I think very helpful for those who love to feast and cook during the holidays.
First thing, confirm how many people will be attending the holiday meal and plan just for one more. For store-bough ingredients, such as turkey and ham, use the suggested serving size on nutrition labels as your guide in preparing recipes. If a recipe is part of a family tradition, a good portion size to plan for is half a cup per person. Plating food before it hits the table will also ensure that everyone receives only one serving and reduces the ease of overeating.
A few helpful tips as you get ready to tackle the big day:
- Don’t stuff a turkey with the dressing, since stuffing absorbs fat. Bake it in a separate casserole dish instead.
- Saute onions and celery in a small amount of margarine (1 tbs) and use chicken broth for additional moisture.
- Since the holidays are a special time of the year, splurge on purchasing fresh produce – fresh veggies not only taste better but provide colors and nutrients that make a difference on the table and in our bodies.
- Mash the potatoes with chicken broth and evaporated skim milk. Hold the butter – no one will notice!
- Use pineapple and/or orange juice thickened with cornstarch as a glaze for carrots or sweet potatoes with a pinch of cinnamon.
- Use low-fat creamed soups, fat-free yogurt or sour cream in dips, sauces and traditional casseroles.
- Use half the amount of sugar in a recipe, substituting brown sugar for white. Since brown sugar is more flavorful, a little goes a long way.
- Use holiday meal preparation as an opportunity to get the family involved.
By: Carissa Sanchez