7 Quick Tips for a Healthy Holiday Hunger Habits!
1¨ Skip the basting. Choose a plain turkey or plain ham and cook it in a bag to seal in the moisture. And remove the skin before serving.
2¨ Refrigerate the turkey or ham juices and skim off the hardened fat before making gravy and use a gravy cup that pours from the bottom to minimize fat.
3¨ Use ingredients like whole wheat bread, vegetables, fruits (cranberries, raisins, dates or apples), nuts and your favorite spices for the stuffing and bake it in the oven rather than in the turkey.
4¨ Serve your sweet potatoes or yams baked rather than candied and let your guests add butter to taste.
5¨ Use skim milk or buttermilk rather than whole milk and skip the butter for your mashed potatoes.
6¨ Give your meal gourmet appeal by cooking your green vegetables with garlic, nuts and herbs rather than creamy or fat-laden sauces.
7¨ Don’t serve the meal on your largest plates. By using smaller plates you ensure smaller portion size and even that second helping isn’t quite so damaging.