Friday, January 8, 2016
Holiday time: keeping it fun AND healthy!!
The holidays can really pack on a lot of calories. I do love to bake but this year I decided to try to keep things healthier, while still keeping it fun for the holidays.
Thanksgiving was our usual--turkey, stuffing (we used Glutino brand), mashed potatoes, Hawaiian yams, & gravy.
But for Christmas, when my family came over, I came up with a plan to keep it both fun & healthy!
We smoked a whole chicken & made a gluten free version of Jack Daniel's sauce for it. We also served a green salad & steamed potatoes with it.
But I chose to have this as an appetizer table set up for snacking. I bought it all & washed & chopped it all, but my wonderful husband actually set this up for me & I think he did a fabulous job!
Not to mention, this is also really fun for kids. My son adores trains (what child doesn't??)
so I was hoping it would encourage him to try some healthy foods. And I am excited to report that he did try jicama for the very first time!! That was a big moment for us.
My niece & nephew were visiting also, but I can't remember if they tried anything new or exciting simply because it was a train!
I did also make deserts (a spice cake, which was Jesus' birthday cake, & bolitas dulces--a Peruvian desert), but I think we all had a very modest portion & mostly snacked on these healthy appetizers. And I certainly didn't mind all the healthy leftovers I had in the house afterwards!
So I encourage you to be willing to think outside the box for holidays & find ways to make food fun & healthy at the same time!!