No doubt, the holidays are packed with seasonal sweets, treats and temptations that can typically contribute to one’s New Year’s resolutions. In fact, according to the Today show, most Americans gain up to 12 pounds or more during this season. However, this is completely avoidable and can actually be rather simple and easy as long as our top 5 healthy holiday recipes are used.
In order to avoid unnecessary weight gain this holiday season, but still partake in all the festive fun, give the recipes below a try. These have been some of the favorites from our members over the years and are sure to become a household favorite in your home.
In addition, checkout the video below to learn a trick for having your pie, eating it too and still managing or losing weight during the holidays.
Protein Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie is a staple for this time of year and can be easily converted into a healthier version. Thanks to pumpkin’s rich taste and natural sugars, one can make a delicious pumpkin pie, minus the guilt!
- 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 cup fat free milk
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1 can pumpkin
- 1/4 cup Truvia or Stevia
- 1 tsp cloves
- 1 scoop vanilla, cinnamon, or pumpkin protein
- 1 pie crust
- Handful of pecans
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Combine cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, salt, Truvia, and protein in a bowl.
3) Add eggs, pumpkin, and milk to the bowl and stir.
4) Pour pumpkin mixture into the pie crust and spread evenly. Arrange pecans on top.
5) Bake for 45-55 minutes and enjoy.
We know it’s hard to get through the holiday season without a glass of Eggnog. However, if this lighter Eggnog recipe is only 150 calories per serving and low in fat.
- 6 large eggs
- 4 cups whole milk
- ¼ cup brandy
- 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated low-fat milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
1) Place milk and evaporated milk in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
2) Combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and eggs in a large bowl. Gradually add hot milk to egg mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return milk mixture to pan; cook over medium-low heat until thick (about 8 minutes), stirring constantly.
3)Pour into a bowl; stir in brandy and vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of eggnog, and chill 8 hours or overnight.
Mashed Garlic Cauliflower “Potatoes”
Mashed cauliflower has been a personal favorite and phenomenal substitute for mashed potatoes. Mashed cauliflower is lower in calories, carbs, and better on the glycemic index. To make this recipe a household favorite, use the combination cauliflower and ingredients below.
- 1 medium head cauliflower
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/8 tsp straight chicken base
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp chopped fresh or dry chives
- 3 tsp of olive oil
1) Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.
2) Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well; do not let cool and pat cooked cauliflower very dry between several layers of paper towels.
3) In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with Parmesan, garlic, chicken base, and pepper until almost smooth.
4) Garnish with chives, and serve hot with a small amount of butter.
Ham is one of the most popular holiday meals, and this recipe will not disappoint!
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2/3 cup seedless blackberry jam
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (8- to 9-pound) smoked, bone-in ham shank, trimmed
- Cooking spray
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup seedless blackberry jam
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1) Preheat oven to 350°.
2) To prepare ham, combine 2 tablespoons mustard, sugar, 2/3 cup jam, and pepper in a small bowl; spread half of jam mixture over ham. Place ham on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; insert a thermometer into thickest portion of ham. Bake at 350° for 2 1/2 hours or until thermometer registers 160°, basting with remaining jam mixture occasionally.
3) To prepare the sauce, combine the cider and wine in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Stir in 1 cup jam and 1 tablespoon mustard. Reduce heat to low, and cook until jam dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, and stir in juice. Serve with ham.
Gluten Free-Chocolate Cookie with Peppermint
Looking for a delicious, Paleo/Gluten Free recipe that even the kids will love? Then try this quick and easy recipe. Even better, these cookies are low calorie, low carb and without added sugar!
- 1 cup organic almond butter (unsalted)
- 1/2 cup organic honey
- 1 organic egg
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp crushed all-natural peppermint candy
1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheet with butter or parchment paper.
2) Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
3) Form tablespoon-sized balls and pat down to about 1/4-inch thickness. Lay out on cookie sheet.
4) Bake for 8-10 min. Let cool and enjoy.
Makes about 20-24 cookies.