Healthy Holiday Solutions

No matter how you celebrate the holidays, this is the time of year that exudes parties and indulgences! When we start to think about the potential weight gain during these festivities, a little here and there can add up to a lot on the waist line! 

Some of the foods which unknowingly can get us in trouble are:

  • Dips
  • Salad dressings
  • Cheese plates
  • Pasta/potato recipes with butter/cream

 A little bit of added fat to the recipe can add up to hundreds of calories in no time. 

Recently, I played around with some traditional dips and prepared some yummy alternatives!   These 3 favorites were created with a food processor and were well received at Thanksgiving:

Instead of hummus (traditional with a lot of Tahini)

Edamame Hummus dip Ingredients:  1 12 oz package frozen shelled edamame (thawed)…organic preferred 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp of rice vinegar Tiny bit of sea salt to taste ¼ cup to ½ cup water 1/3 cup chopped parsley leaves

Place thawed edamame in a food processor, add all ingredients and blend until smooth.  The texture should be slightly thin and pasty.  Add parsley leaves and blend until well incorporated.  Serve with all kinds of veggies!  This freezes well too!

Pesto Ingredients: 2 cups basil leaves tightly paced 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil 1-2 tsp crushed garlic Tiny bit of sea salt 1/8 cup raw pine nuts (chopped very finely) or raw almond slivers (chopped finely)

Place basil, olive oil, garlic and salt in an S blade in food processor.  Add nuts after basil is chopped well.  This is delicious with meats/fish and by itself!

No Avocado guacamole Ingredients: 12 oz package of frozen green peas (thawed) 4 limes (squeezed) 7 oz of nonfat Greek yogurt 2 handfuls mint leaves 1-2 cloves garlic

Blend together until smooth.  Add tomatoes after blended if desired.  This freezes well and can be used with anything you like guacamole with.  It’s great as a sandwich spread too and a lot less fat!

ENJOY eliminating extra calories and enjoy your new recipes!!