Low-Fat & Low-Calorie Dishes for Holiday Celebrations

Low-Fat & Low-Calorie Dishes: Fruits And Veggies More Matters.org

5 Low-Fat/Low-Calorie Entrées & Side Dishes

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

  1. Fruit Kebabs. A holiday dessert sure to please. Use a variety of fruits on kebab sticks and serve with a yogurt dipping sauce.
  2. Apple Pistachio Crisp. Impress your guests with this easy and healthy crisp recipe that will leave them begging for seconds.
  3. Kiwifruit. Create in festive colors by serving up kiwifruit for dessert. Make a cobbler, parfait, or kebabs for guests of all ages.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

  1. Muesli. A filling breakfast that won’t take long to make. Your overnight guests and family will love it.
  2. 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.
  3. Bruschetta. Not just an appetizer, bruschetta makes an attractive breakfast item as well. Recipe: Avocado Breakfast Bruschetta
  4. 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.
  5. 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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