Create a Healthy Menu for the Christmas Dinner
|By Katie Webb, Staff Writer on Tuesday, December 20, 2011|
|For many Christmas dinner is a reason to pig out. Here are some healthy dinner options
for your family.||
Christmas dinners have become synonymous with pigging out. And what do you always hear people say? “It’s all right, it’s only once a year!” But this yearly treat can lead to permanent weight gain that you’ll have to carry for the rest of the year. And every time Christmas arrives, the weight gain accumulates unless you’re able to burn it.
Guessing from people’s sedentary lifestyle, they won’t. Staying healthy during the holidays doesn’t have to be a chore. Nobody said you should run away from food. The fact is: there are plenty of healthy and at the same time luscious dishes that you can enjoy during the yuletide season. Here are some healthy recipes that you would want to consider for your Christmas dinner menu.
Citrus and Coconut Flake Salad
This refreshing appetizer boasts of having only 110 calories. To make this, you’ll need half a cup of unsweetened coconut flakes, a jar of refrigerated citrus segments in juice, one lime, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon of ground black pepper, three tablespoons of olive oil, two bags of mixed greens. First, you have to preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then lay the coconut flakes in a jelly-roll pan. Toast for about three minutes.
Be sure to check after two minutes because these can burn easily. Drain the citrus segments but set aside about a tablespoon of the juice. Put this in a large bowl. Grate 1/2 teaspoon peel from the lime. Squeeze juice from it and add this into the bowl. Sprinkle the salt and pepper. Whisk in oil and mix thoroughly. Add the mixture to the greens. Top with the coconut flakes and citrus segments.
Glazed Ham with Apricots
Believe it or not, the Christmas ham can be a healthy dish! Just make sure that you choose one that’s not only lean (it would be best to ask for shank) but is also low in sodium. Get ham that is cooked through smoking so that you can enjoy reduced fat. For this recipe, you’ll need a seven-pound smoked ham, dried apricot halves, half a cup of apricot jam and two tablespoons of Dijon mustard. The first step is to preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the skin and fat from the ham.
Put the apricots at one side of the ham. Put the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan. The fat side should be up. Add a cup of water then cover the pan with foil. Bake for two hours. For the glaze, boil the jam and mustard in a saucepan. After removing the foil from the ham, brush the glaze mixture into the ham. Bring the ham back to the oven for another 30 to 40 minutes. Brush the glaze on all sides every fifteen minutes. Slice the ham and serve with apricots.
Herbilicious Tomato and Basil Pasta
Another item to include in your menu is the tomato and basil pasta. For this, you’ll need a pound of pasta, canned whole tomatoes, fresh basil, one tablespoon of minced garlic, two tablespoon of parmesan, dash of salt and pepper and half a cup of canned tuna flakes. Tuna is rich in omega 3, which is good for the heart and brain. Basil is also a potent antioxidant herb that also contains vitamin A, vitamin K and iron.
What you need to do is to boil the pasta first. Follow the directions in the packaging of the pasta. In a separate saucepan, sauté the minced garlic in olive oil. When the garlic is slightly brown, add the tuna flakes. Shortly after that, put in the whole tomatoes. Sprinkle the salt and pepper and then add the parmesan. Cover the pan until the mixture comes to a boil. Turn off the flame and add the pasta. Toss and blend well.
Festive Fruit and Pasta Salad
For the dessert, you’ll love the festive fruit and macaroni salad. Fruit salads with rich creamy dressing pack in too many calories. This one isn’t like that at all. To make this, you’ll need 1/4 pound of elbow pasta, 8 oz of canned fruit cocktail and one tablespoon of honey. Boil the pasta by following the directions in the packaging. Let it cool after cooking. Drain the juice from the canned cocktail into a large bowl. Put the pasta in the juice so it will absorb the sweet taste. After that, put in the fruit cocktail. Add the honey into the mixture to give it a rich creamy texture and sweeter taste.
These are incredible options that you can consider for your Christmas dinner. Go online to find more of these healthy recipes.
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