340 Calorie feast: Healthy Festive Holiday Food Recipes
We all know it; the time where we like to gorge ourselves is around the corner. However, you don’t have to run or hide behind a celery stick the entire holiday. You can still eat well and live well if you have the right recipes. Lucky for you, we went on the hunt for the healthiest festive recipes to keep the calorie count low while keeping the festive spirit high.
Pan Roasted chicken
Clove of minced garlic
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
Peanut or canola oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon minced parsley
- Preheat the oven to 360 degrees.
- Mix the salt and garlic into a paste. Add the thyme and pepper.
- Remove the excess fat from the chicken and make little pockets beneath the skin of the thighs and breasts.
- Rub the garlic mixture over the meat.
- Heat the oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and allow it to cook until it’s browned on all sides. This takes around 10 minutes.
- Transfer the chicken into a pan and pop it into the oven.
- Mash the remaining butter and flour together into a paste. Add the broth and bring to a simmer. Stir until it becomes gravy.
- Remove the gravy from the heat and serve with the chicken.
208 calories per serving.
Contains Iron, Vitamin C, no added sugars, potassium and protein.
Yummy, creamy mashed cauliflower
8 cups cauliflower
4 cloves garlic
1/3 non-fat buttermilk
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon butter
½ teaspoon salt
Chives to garnish
- Place the cauliflower and garlic in a steamer over boiling water. Cover it and allow it to steam until tender. This takes around 12 to 15 minutes.
- Place the cauliflower and garlic in a food processor and add the buttermilk, oil, butter, salt, pepper and blitz until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and add the last bit of oil and chives for garnish.
107 calories per serving
Contains vitamin A, C, Calcium, Iron, and potassium.
Dark Chocolate Biscotti
9.5 ounces whole-wheat flour
2 tablespoons flaxseed
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 granulated sugar
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
¾ cup almonds
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the flour, soda, salt and flaxseed in a bowl and stir with a whisk.
- Combine the 2 sugars, egg whites and egg in a separate bowl and beat with a mixer for 2 minutes.
- Add the vanilla and mix well.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold in the chocolate and almonds until it forms dough.
- Divide the dough into 3 portions.
- Roll each portion up to 6 inches thick.
- Pat them until it’s about 1 inch thick in the packing tray lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 28 minutes until firm.
- Allow it to cool for 10 minutes and then cut it diagonally into ½ inch slices.
- Place the piece in a baking tray and bake again at a temperature of 325 degrees for 7 minutes.
- Turn the cookies over and bake for another 7 minutes.
94 calories per serving.
Contains protein, fibre, iron and calcium.
Tips to staying healthy this festive season:
- Always start your day with a glass of warm water and a bit of lemon
- Get some exercise
- Keep your pantry and fridge stocked with healthy snacks
- Find healthier alternatives to old favourite recipes
- Allow yourself to cheat every now and again, staying healthy shouldn’t be a punishment
- Avoid drinking alcohol excessively
- Keep busy. The moment you have nothing to do is the moment you start munching
- Work on your health resolutions for next year!
Healthshare Health Solutions would like to wish all of you a happy, healthy festive season! PS: There recipes can be enjoyed during any time of the year. 😉