Making healthy eating decisions throughout the holiday season is not easy! It seems like everywhere we go, there are holiday treats constantly putting our temptation to the test! Everything is good in moderation, so if you workout regularly and make good eating decisions ninety percent of the time, you’ll be fine. However, when it comes to Christmas or those large family holiday gatherings, it’s super easy to gorge ourselves without even realizing it until the damage is done!
Even if you have been good all season, it’s super easy to consume thousands of unnecessary calories during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day alone. Yes, thousands of calories!!! Between Christmas Eve dinner and drinks, the huge Christmas morning breakfast, and not to mention the loads of unhealthy fats from all of those Christmas cookies and candies lying around. Oh boy, it can add up quick!
Most families have at least one really large dinner throughout the holiday season, where they’ll make a few main dishes like a holiday ham or a big beef roast, with tons of yummy, yet unhealthy side dishes. It’s easy to get carried away with the side dishes, especially if each member of your family shows up with their own dish! One easy tip to help lighten up that calorie intake is to make sure your side dishes are on the lighter side, without lacking in the taste department. Here are a few light and healthy holiday side dishes to keep you on track this holiday season.
Honey Balsamic Roasted Green Beans
- 1 LB Fresh Green Beans, trimmed & cleaned
- 1/2 TBS Garlic Powder
- Black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 Tbs. honey
- 1/2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1/2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
- Pinch Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
- 1/2 Cup Pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place green beans on baking sheet, spray with cooking spray or drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic powder and black pepper. Roast in oven for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Once green beans are cooked, toss in bowl with honey, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Himalayan sea salt, and pepper. Mix together until green beans are coated well. Add 1/2 cup pecans and mix. Place in serving bowl and enjoy!
Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Cranberry & Feta
- 1 – 10 Oz bag Shaved Brussel Sprouts
- 1/2 TBS Olive Oil
- 1/2 TBS Stevia
- 1/8 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
- 1/4 Cup Feta (or low fat feta)
Combine brussel sprouts and olive oil and cook on a pan over medium heat, until golden or lightly browned. In a separate small saucepan, combine stevia and balsamic vinegar, bringing to a boil and then reduce heat to make a thick balsamic reduction.
Pour balsamic reduction over brussel sprouts. Next, add dried cranberries and feta cheese and mix. Place in serving bowl and enjoy!
You’d be surprised how much unnecessary sugar, calories, and unhealthy fats you’ll be sparing yourself by just simply replacing a few side dishes with healthier alternatives! Healthy eating shouldn’t have to be boring and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice the taste for healthier options! I promise, nobody will even notice the difference.