10 healthy low-calorie holiday meals
During holidays people tend to gain extra weight because they eat lots of unhealthy foods. But there are a lot of various healthy and delicious dishes you can cook, so you won’t have to desperately shred pounds after the holidays are gone.
1. Tangy tomato dip
Instead of your traditional heavy creamy sauces, try this tomato dip made of light cream cheese (1/4 cup), light cottage cheese (6tbsp) and buttermilk (2-4tbsp) combined with sun-dried tomatoes (1/4 cup).You will also need 1tsp lemon juice and dash garlic powder. It packs only 162 calories, 23g carbs and 5g fat.
2. Mini chicken tostadas
These crispy tortilla shells filled with a slightly spicy chicken mixture and topped with sour cream make a great appetizer at your holiday table. You’ll need 6 small corn tortillas, 2tbsp shredded cheddar, 2tbsp reduced-fat sour cream, ½ red onion, ½ orange bell pepper, ½ red bell pepper, ¼ jalapeno pepper, 1 cup finely shredded chicken breast, ¼ cup corn kernels, 1tbsp fresh lime juice, 1tsp olive oil, 1/2tsp sea salt, 2tbsp salsa.
One serving contains 132 calories, 4g fat and 17g carbs.
3. Multigrain bagel chips with smoked salmon dip
Make these homemade bagel chips with tangy salmon dip, and your guests will thank you. You’ll need 2 multigrain bagels, 2tbsp light cream cheese, 3tbsp reduced-fat sour cream, 1 ounce smoked salmon, 1/2tsp fresh lemon juice, black pepper, 1 ½ tsp snipped fresh chives.
One serving contains 93 calories, 3g fat and 13g carbs.
4. Gingery shrimp dumplings
Shrimp with ginger and scallions wrapped up in light dough – this delicious and low-cal appetizer is always a winner. To cook them, you’ll need ½ pound frozen shrimp, 2 chopped scallions, 3tbsp chopped canned water chestnuts, 1 egg white (lightly beaten), 2tbsp finely shredded carrot, 1tsp finely grated fresh ginger, 1tsp sesame oil, 1tsp rice wine, 1/2tsp salt, flour (for dusting), dash chili oil, 25 fresh wonton or dumpling skins, 4tbsp light soy sauce, 2tsp rice wine vinegar.
One serving contains 168 calories, 2g fat and 24g carbs.
5. Brown-butter Brussels sprouts
Want to add extra vegetables? No problem. Brussels sprouts with caramelized pecans will be a great healthy yet delicious dish. You’ll need 1 ½ pounds Brussels sprouts (trimmed and halved lengthwise), salt, 1 ½ tbsp unsalted butter, ¼ cup chopped pecans, ¾ tsp fresh lemon juice.
One serving contains 101 calories, 6g fat and 10g carbs.
6. Lemon-roasted asparagus with Parmesan
This gourmet dish will be a feast for your mouth and eyes. Roasted asparagus pairs great with garlic and lemon juice. You’ll need 2 bunches asparagus (ends snapped off), 1 ½ tbsp. olive oil, 4 cloves garlic (crushed and peeled), zest and juice of 1 lemon, ¾ tsp salt, freshly ground black pepper (to your taste), pinch red pepper flakes, ¼ ounce shaved Parmesan.
One serving contains 57 calories, 4g fat and 6g carbs.
7. Cheddar-and-scallion corn bread
You can make this traditional holiday dish more interesting by adding scallions and cheese. You’ll need 1 1/3 cups flour, 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal, 3tbsp sugar, 1 ½ tsp baking powder, ¾ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper, 1 cup buttermilk, ¼ cup vegetable oil, 2 egg whites (lightly beaten), 1/3 cup grated extra-sharp cheddar, ¼ cup sliced scallions.
One serving contains 125 calories, 5g fat and 17g carbs.
8. Pear-almond tart
You’ll probably ask, and how about a dessert? Here is one. This delicious low-calorie dessert with pear and almonds will be a center stage at your table. You’ll need 2 firm pears (peeled, cored and sliced into 12 wedges each), 1tbsp lemon juice, 1tbsp dark brown sugar, ½ cup raw almonds, ½ cup granulated sugar, ¾ cup flour, ½ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp salt, 1 large egg, 1tsp grated lemon zest and 2 ½ tbsp. unsalted butter (chilled).
One serving contains 204 calories, 8g fat and 31g carbs.
9. Peppermint parfaits
Low-fat vanilla ice cream topped with crushed peppermint and poured over with freshly made chocolate sauce. Mmmm, yummy! For this delicious and low-calorie dessert you’ll need 1 quart low-fat vanilla ice cream, ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips, 1tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, light whipped cream and ¼ cup finely crushed starlight peppermints.
One serving contains 183 calories, 6g fat and 31g carbs.
10. Gingery chocolate mini cakes
Another light and super tasty dessert for your table is little chocolate cakeswith warm sugary glaze on top. You’ll need ¾ cup flour, ½ cup sugar, 2tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder, ½tsp baking soda, ½ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground allspice, ¼ tsp salt, 3tbsp canola oil, 1 ½ tsp cider vinegar, ½ tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and ¼ cup finely chopped candied ginger.
One serving contains 87 calories, 2g fat and 17g carbs.