Festive Lower Calorie Desserts

It’s the time of year when we all want to indulge. But eating too many high-calorie sweets can take a toll on your waistline.  Here are a few of my favorite desserts recipes that are lower in fat and calories than traditional favorites.

  • Chocolate Meringue Cookies.  Enjoy the taste of chocolate without the high fat or calorie content.  These cookies contain only 11 calories each.  The CalorieCount.com recipe is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.
  • Baked Figs.  This festive seasonal fruit is only available for a few months of the year, so why not celebrate and add them to your holiday meal?  This recipe includes a yogurt cream topping that you can choose to omit if you want to decrease the fat and calorie count even more.
  • Roasted Pears.  This recipe from Epicurious.com is a great end to an elegant dinner party.  The pears take some time to roast in the oven, but they smell wonderful as they are being prepared.  Present them on individual plates with a very small scoop of low-sugar vanilla frozen yogurt instead of ice cream, or with no accompaniment at all.

Do you have a favorite recipe that is healthier than traditional favorites?  Share it on our Facebook page!  We’d love to check it out.

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Healthy Potluck Recipes

Delicious grilled vegetables

How many family dinners, social hours, and festive meals are on your calendar during a typical holiday season?  If you’re like most people, your schedule will start to get busy and you’ll find yourself in the kitchen searching for recipes and cooking potluck dishes to share.  And if you are trying to lose weight, the challenge is even greater.  How do you find recipes that will make guests happy but still keep your diet on track?

Here is a list of healthy dishes that are also delicious and satisfying.  Bookmark this link and use the recipes throughout the holiday season to keep your healthy eating plan on track.

Looking for more? Check out this  Holiday Eating Guide & Recipes The tip sheet from the American Associate of Diabetes Educators is for anyone who wants to eat healthier meals and enjoy better health.  You’ll find recipes for:

  • Spinach Roasted Red Pepper Dip
  • Herb Roasted Turkey
  • Crispy Potato Latkes
  • Pumpkin Maple Pie
  • Gingerbread Cookies

Find more eating tips, recipes and exercise advice on the  North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.