Six Low Fat Christmas Recipes to Keep You Healthy

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

skinnymashedpotatoesmedGarlic mashed potatoes can be creamy and flavorful without all that butter and cream. Try this version for your holiday table. If you like, you can roast the garlic and mash it directly into the potatoes for a mellower, creamier effect.

 Low Fat Gingerbread Men

Ginger1mdCut the fat not the flavor. These gingerbread men use half the butter normally used in most gingerbread cookie recipes. Applesauce helps the cookies retain their moisture and gives them a soft texture.

 Reduced Fat Peppermint Cheesecake

cheesecake2medPeppermint cheesecake makes a wonderful holiday dessert. Replacing full fat cream cheese with a combination of reduced-fat and fat-free cream cheeses helps to cut calories and fat. Serve this reduced fat dessert at your Christmas table this year.

 Baked Pears with Cranberries and Walnuts

BakedpearsmedNot everyone likes pie during the holidays, so why not make Baked Pears with Cranberries and Walnuts? If you don’t have pomegranate juice, use cranberry juice, red wine or apple cider instead. Enjoy with a scoop of low fat frozen yogurt or whipped topping sprinkled with a little cinnamon or nutmeg.

Low Fat Holiday Sugar Cookies

holidaycookiesmedWith almost half the butter of most sugar cookies, you can treat yourself to one of these low fat Christmas cookies without feeling too guilty. Top with sprinkles before baking or add a glaze afterwards using confectioner’s sugar, lemon juice and some food coloring.

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts

SproutsBrussels Sprouts are a wonderful Christmas vegetable. Too often, however, they are over-boiled and end up gray and mushy. They should be green and crisp, marking a wonderful contrast to the softer and sweeter chestnuts.

By Fiona Haynes

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