The average person gains approximately 7 pounds over the holidays. But I wonder how much weight the average person puts on over the course of winter as a whole. Once the cold weather hits, I put on what I like to call my "winter weight." I'm too cold and lazy to make dinner, which results in many nights of pizza delivery. I figure since I'm not sporting tank tops and a bathing suit that I can have that extra cookie. So by the time Christmas comes around, I've pretty much already gained those 7 pounds.
On Christmas all I want to do is sit around with my family and veg out. Since I know I'm not going to be restricting my food intake, I've decided to make healthy dishes so I don't feel bad about over indulging. Here are a few recipes I've discovered that will help me have a healthy holiday.
Low Fat Bean Dip--This recipe only calls for a 4 oz of cheese, and you can use reduced fat. Serve with Tostitos baked tortilla chips.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus--Hummus is so easy to make and since the base of the dip is garbanzo beans, it's a very heart healthy appetizer. Serve with veggies like cucumbers, carrots and cherry tomatoes. You can also serve it with pita bread or baked pita chips.
Herb Roasted Chicken--This is an Emeril Lagasse recipe, so it has to be delicious! The key to this dish is the seasoning. Don't forget to rub the seasonings into the cavity of the chicken and not just on the outside.
Mustard Crusted Salmon--Try something new and serve salmon for dinner this year. This recipe comes from EatingWell.com and is a cinch to make. Each serving is only 290 calories, which leaves you more room for those mashed potatoes.
Boo Boo Banana Bread--Bethenny Frankel is known for her delicious Skinny Girl recipes and this one is a keeper. Her recipe only calls for one egg and one tablespoon of butter.
Mostaccioli Cookies--These delicious little cookies taste like cake and come in at only 55 calories and 2g of fat each!