Skinny Santa? Well maybe not. But that doesn't mean you have to ruin the healthy habits that you have developed
throughout the year!
As you plan your menus for the holiday's festive events consider some of the following tips to eliminate some of the unnecessary unhealthy additions. These recommendations are for the entire family and trust me.. they will not miss the heavy fats and miscellaneous calories.
· Season meat or fish with herbs and spices, instead of salt, sauces, or butter
· Remove skin and fat from meat and poultry before cooking
· Cook meat or poultry on a rack, so that the fat will drain off
· Replace half of the ground beef in a recipe with texturized soy protein
· Use Canadian bacon in place of regular bacon
· Choose low-fat/low-sodium broths
· Buy meat in 4-ounce (oz) portions
· Use beef tenderloin in place of beef rib eye, eye of the round for top round, lean pork chops for pork ribs, and any cut of venison for any cut of beef
· Replace beef with portobello mushrooms
· Bread poultry the low-fat way:
− Dip skinless chicken pieces in skim milk or egg white and crushed low-fat, unsweetened cereal
− Bake on a sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray
− Use crushed baked tortilla chips for a Tex-Mex alternative
· Use a pureed potato in place of cream to thicken soup
· “Sweat” the vegetables used in soup in wine or stock instead of fat
· Substitute beans for meat in chili
· Try flavored vinegar and olive oil dressings
· Substitute orange or lemon juice for some of the oil in homemade dressings
These tips were found at www.RD411.com . They are an excellent source for nutrition tips.