As we head into the holiday season full force, it becomes a goal to find fun holiday recipes that won’t put you into a sugar coma. No one wants to faint when they step on the scale on January 2 either. The trick is to find recipes that allows you to celebrate without feeling deprived. Here’s two that are simple and use healthier ingredients.
Both of these recipes come from the November special Food and Nutrition Tips edition of IDEA Fitness Journal
Frozen Grapes Champagne Flute
You need: 12 frozen grapes per glass, 1/2 cup Champagne per glass, one cocktail stick per glass, Champagne flutes
Put grapes in the Champagne flute, fill with Champagne. Sip slowly so the grapes will soak up some of the Champagne and they will taste great when the Champagne is gone. Science works in your favor here, you displace the liquid with the grapes, so the whole drink is only 94 calories.
Here’s the Periscope I did to show how to make these.
Pumped Up Pumpkin Pie Bites
You will need: Oven at 350, butter flavor cooking spray, 3/4 c whole grain cereal (I used Kashi Go Lean!) 2T maple syrup, 1/4 t ground cinnamon, 8 large egg whites, 1 can pumpkin, 3/4 cup agave nectar, 2T whole wheat pastry flour, 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 1/4 t pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 t baking powder, 1/4 t salt
Spray an 11 x 7 baking dish with the cooking spray, put the cereal in a food processor on “chop” until it is dust. Transfer to a small mixing bowl and add maple syrup and cinnamon. Mix well and spoon mixture into the baking dish. Press down into the dish to make the crust. Put in the oven and bake for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until they bubble slightly. Whisk in the agave, flour and pumpkin until combined. Stir in the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt. Pour this filling over the baked crust and even out with a spatula. Bake 40 to 45 until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooking rack and when it’s at room temp., cut three cuts longways and seven cuts across to make 32 bites. Top each bite with 1 teaspoon whipped cream.
Two bites equal 94 calories. These taste exactly like pumpkin pie and the agave nectar keep it low on the glycemic index.
Here’s the Periscope I did to show how to make these. “Cut the Crap” homemade whipped cream is also included in the scope.