Low-Fat & Low-Calorie Dishes for Holiday Celebrations
5 Low-Fat/Low-Calorie Entrées & Side Dishes
- Collards & Black Eyed Peas. Serving nutrient-dense dishes that are high in fiber will leave your guests feeling full and jolly. Recipe: Collards & Black Eyed Peas Casserole
- Creamed Vegetables. Swap out calorie-rich cream and whole milk in vegetable recipes with low-fat or fat-free milk. Try using fat-free cream cheese, low-fat yogurt, or hard cheeses such as parmesan that tend to be a little lighter in calories. Recipe: Creamed Spinach
- Pomegranate. Add a bit of red sparkle to dishes with pomegranates. In season and they will add a festive touch to your meals. Try serving Greens w/Pomegranate or sprinkle pomegranate seeds over sautéed green beans.
- Fish. Serving fish instead of beef or lamb will lighten the meal, and it cooks faster. Fish is very versatile and pairs well with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Recipes: Oven-Baked Salmon w/Snow Peas | Seared Cod w/Pineapple Slaw.
- Grilled Fruits & Vegetables. Free up kitchen space by using your grill to bring out the succulent flavors of winter produce. Your guests will love the flavors and you will love the clean-up. Try grilling Belgian endive, sweet potatoes, or cactus pear for your next party.
5 Low-Fat/Low-Calorie Desserts
- Fruit Kebabs. A holiday dessert sure to please. Use a variety of fruits on kebab sticks and serve with a yogurt dipping sauce.
- Apple Pistachio Crisp. Impress your guests with this easy and healthy crisp recipe that will leave them begging for seconds.
- Kiwifruit. Create in festive colors by serving up kiwifruit for dessert. Make a cobbler, parfait, or kebabs for guests of all ages.
- Bread Pudding. Turn this classic holiday dish into a new crowd favorite that is lighter and won’t leave anyone with guilt for having seconds. Serve with light whip cream or low-fat yogurt.
- Red Banana. Use the sweet, raspberry-like flavor of red bananas to add flavor to your favorite banana desserts. Try using them in our Fun in the Sun Banana Splits.
5 Low-Fat/Low-Calorie Breakfasts
- Muesli. A filling breakfast that won’t take long to make. Your overnight guests and family will love it.
- Omelets. The versatility of omelets allows you to create any flavor you desire. Serve up a red and green Broccoli Omelet or swap out yellow peppers for green in our Red and Yellow Bell Pepper Omelet to match the season.
- Bruschetta. Not just an appetizer, bruschetta makes an attractive breakfast item as well. Recipe: Avocado Breakfast Bruschetta
- Breakfast Wrap. Layer low-sodium turkey, mashed avocado, tomatoes, and shredded mozzarella cheese on a whole-wheat tortilla for a quick grab-and-go breakfast.
- Oatmeal. Start everyone’s morning out with a healthy dose of fiber to keep them feeling full. Add chopped nuts, different fresh or dried fruits and a dash of cinnamon or brown sugar. For extra nutrition, make with low-fat milk instead of water.
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