Christmas 2012 Smacks of Deliciousness (Recipes)

It is the holidays! My favorite time of year! The weather has cooled (well, everywhere but the desert) and the earth is giving us a bountiful harvest full of pumpkin, squash, potatoes, cranberries, oranges, collard greens, apples, and fowl game. Along with this wonderful bounty is the urge to eat quite a bit, and although we are supposed to put on a winter layer of about 5 pounds (~2.5 kg), we all are thinking, “How can we make this holiday season a little bit healthier?”

Found on Tumblr, linked to page found (
Found on Tumblr, linked to page found (

Here are a couple tips:

  • Plan ahead. Write out the day’s or week’s schedule…or even the month’s; be prepared by seeing what lies ahead, and then you’ll be less stressed and you won’t forget the details.
  • Substitute applesauce for butter one-for-one (it seems to work in all recipes except cookie ones; for those, consider using unmelted coconut oil instead)
  • Get to the gym. If you’re a procrastinator, do it early in the day when self-will and self-control are the highest. If you have a hard time remembering, set a reminder bell on your cell phone or put your gym bag in the front seat of your car
  • Get a gravy separator if you prefer to use drippings for your scrumptious, homemade gravy
  • Eat small meals. Pack your own lunches and snacks instead of eating out or buying on an urge when you get hungry
  • Around the holidays, actually eat breakfast and snacks before the turkey/ham/goose/duck dinner is served; also consider limiting alcoholic beverages as this increases the amount of food one eats–as it is, alcohol is empty calories, at 7 g/cal, the second most loaded source of calories behind fats

Here are a couple healthy alternatives to some seasonal favorites:

Light Pumpkin Roll

Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls (vegan)

Sweet dinner rolls

Healthy Christmas Appetizers

Healthy Christmas Recipes and Menus

I hope you enjoy the time spent with family and friends! I personally cannot wait to see my parents, who are traveling down to see us this year. Yay! May you have good will, good cheer, and great health this holiday season!


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s