Hey Angels and Alphas,
The holidays are a time of celebration, but they don’t have to be a time of overindulgence and weight gain. If you’re looking for ways to keep your calorie intake in check this holiday season, this post is for you! Here, we’ll be sharing four low-calorie holiday meals that are sure to satisfy both you and your guests.
Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just having a family meal at home, these healthy and delicious recipes will help you stay on track while still enjoying the holidays.
1) Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Sauce
When it comes to low-calorie holiday meals, roasted Brussels sprouts with cranberry sauce is a surefire hit. Not only is it a light and delicious side dish, but it’s packed with nutrients, vitamins, and fiber. Plus, the tartness of the cranberry sauce provides a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors.
To make this dish, preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and spread one pound of trimmed Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Then, in a small saucepan, combine half a cup of cranberry sauce, two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, one tablespoon of maple syrup, and one tablespoon of mustard. Heat the sauce over low heat and let simmer until thickened.
Once your Brussels sprouts are roasted, toss them in the cranberry sauce and serve. This dish can be enjoyed warm or cold and is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your holiday meal. It’s the perfect way to provide something healthy yet flavorful to the table. Enjoy!
2) Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
If you’re looking for a low-calorie winter holiday meal that will satisfy your hunger and your guests, roasted butternut squash soup is the perfect option. This creamy soup is full of flavor and nutrients, and is surprisingly light on calories.
To make this delicious soup, start by preheating your oven to 375°F. Then, slice one large butternut squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Place the squash halves cut side down on a greased baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes, or until the flesh is easily pierced with a fork.
Once the squash has finished roasting, let cool until it’s easy to handle. Scoop out the flesh from each half and place in a large pot over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup of vegetable broth and 1 cup of non-fat milk and stir until combined.
Let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes before adding 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1 teaspoon of ground coriander, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of sea salt, and freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Stir to combine and let the soup simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
Using an immersion blender or food processor, blend the soup until smooth. Serve warm with freshly chopped herbs like chives or cilantro, or top with roasted pumpkin seeds for a little extra crunch. Enjoy!
3) Slow Cooker Honey and Garlic Pork Loin
Are you looking for a delicious low-calorie holiday meal that won’t leave you feeling deprived? Look no further than this slow cooker honey and garlic pork loin. This easy and flavorful dish is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.
This simple slow cooker meal is made with just a few ingredients and minimal effort. Start by coating a 3-pound boneless pork loin in a mixture of garlic, honey, olive oil, thyme, rosemary, and salt. Place the pork loin in a slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for about 6 hours. Once cooked, let the pork loin rest for 10 minutes before slicing it into thick pieces.
Serve this dish with a side of roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes for a complete holiday meal that won’t break the calorie bank. With this dish, you can indulge without feeling guilty. Enjoy!
4) Baked Apples with Cinnamon
Baked apples are a delicious and healthy winter treat that can make a great low-calorie holiday meal. These tasty treats are also incredibly easy to make, making them perfect for busy holiday season.
Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, select your favorite type of apple and core it. Once you’ve cored the apple, fill it with a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Finally, top the apple with some extra brown sugar and cinnamon and place it in the preheated oven.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the apples are soft. When the apples are finished baking, top them with some extra cinnamon for an added boost of flavor. Serve the apples hot and enjoy!
These delicious baked apples are a great way to enjoy a winter treat without feeling guilty about indulging in higher calorie foods. Not only are they low in calories, but they’re also full of flavor, making them an excellent addition to any holiday meal. Your guests will love these delicious and easy-to-make treats!