YWCA Fitness Countdown to Christmas-Day 13

Tip #13-Plan your meal wisely

Today’s tip is another great one from the folks at Runner’s World Online!

If you’re making the meal this year, think about an alternative menu. Serve a festive fondue using lean meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, vegetables and salsa, honey mustard or tamari. Roast winter vegetables—squash, peppers and sweet potatoes—with olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Fill pasta shells with spinach, ricotta and chunky tomato sauce.
Consider altering your recipes slightly for a healthier spin. Try using lemon or basil flavored olive oils to season vegetables and breads instead of butter. Use evaporated skim milk as cream in sauces or make a crust-less fruit tart instead of a pie.
If you do make those indulgent items, consider making a smaller amount, or serving smaller pieces (use mini muffin cups for cheesecake, cut the brownies smaller, or serve the casseroles with smaller spoons instead of ladles).
Check out eatingwell.com and cookinglight.com for recipe ideas with all the taste but resulting in less waist!

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