Weight loss diets should not stop you from enjoying a treat or two during the holidays. Although most holiday treats are loaded with calories, fat, sodium, and sugar, there are many ways to alter traditional holiday delights to make them healthier and more suitable to those who would like to stick to their diets.
The weight loss experts at Total HealthcareMD believe that weight loss patients can lose weight without depriving themselves during the most wonderful time of the year. Here are a few healthy holiday treats that you can make and share with your loved ones this holiday season:
Skinny Key Lime Pie
1 reduced-fat graham cracker pie crust
¼ cup boiling water
3 oz box Jell-O® Lime Sugar Free/Low Calorie Gelatin Dessert
15 oz Chobani® Greek Yogurt Blended Key Lime
8 oz container Cool Whip® Free whipped topping, thawed
Cool Whip® Free Topping
fresh lime zest
In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in key lime yogurt with wire whisk. Next, fold in whipped topping. Stir mixture well and spread evenly onto crust. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours until firm. Top with Cool Whip Free and freshly grated lime zest. This recipe yields 10 servings. Every 1/10 of the pie consists of 207 calories, 2 grams of fat, 37 grams of carbs, 7 grams of protein, 0 grams of fiber, and only 25 grams of sugar.
2½ cups Silk® Unsweetened Original Almondmilk
1 egg white
⅓ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cinnamon, to taste
Nutmeg, to taste
Cool WhipⓇ Light topping
Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the almond milk and vanilla and heat until it almost simmers; do not bring to a boil. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg white, sugar and cornstarch until frothy. Temper the eggs into the heated almondmilk. To do this, add about ¼ cup of the almondmilk to the egg mixture, whisking quickly. Add another ¼ cup and whisk again.
Tempering allows both liquids to come to the same temperature before combining them, so the eggs do not curdle. Add the cooled down egg mixture to the almond milk, and whisk them to combine. Stir frequently until it begins to thicken, about 6-8 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. Serve warm or chilled, and top with optional Cool Whip as desired. This recipe yields 6 servings. Every ½ cup of eggnog contains only 93 calories, 3 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbohydrates, and 14 grams of sugar.
**All recipes are courtesy of SkinnyMom.
In order to stick to weight loss diets, select healthier substitutes for traditional holiday treats and consume them in moderation. If you’d like more information on how to stay healthy during the holiday season, visit Total HealthcareMD to speak to a compassionate weight loss expert today.