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11 Holiday Foods You Can Enjoy without Guilt

Eat, Drink and Be Merry This Winter


12/25/2011 9:03:50 AM

11STONEBRIDE's SparkPage
Oh my goodness, 166 GRAMS of cholesterol in shrimp? I hope you mean milligrams!
12/12/2011 7:30:00 PM

JULIA1154's SparkPage
It's interesting that this article 'gives permission' to enjoy shrimp as part of the holidays and yet, whenever I list them in my nutrition tracker, thus upping cholesterol consumption for the day, I get a major (virtual) lecture about avoiding cholesterol and making wiser food choices. Sigh....
12/12/2011 11:21:46 AM

TISTYEN's SparkPage
I actually prefer sweet potatoes when they're treated like potatoes. I've never liked sweet potato pie, for instance or candied sweet potatoes. I just bake them.
12/12/2011 10:14:54 AM

These are pretty solid ideas, especially the wine spritzer one. I love seltzer, yet I always forget about it when the alcohol comes along, so I always get "Grinch-y" because I feel like it's all or nothing: blow calories on a glass of wine, or feel left out because I'm not having any!

My strategy with these kinds of things is pretty much the same: fill up on the lean meat and veggies, and then for dessert eat one portion of whatever looks the best. I do have to stay away from chocolate chip cookies, though, because they're a gateway for me. If I eat one, I'll eat until I'm sick. But with anything else, if I'm really, truly, fully satiated from meat and veggies, I won't want more than a bite of the sugary stuff anyway.

I do second the comment about a little bit of dark meat. Quite honestly, every full turkey I've ever eaten has had breast that leaves me dissatisfied unless it's covered in gravy or cranberry sauce because it's so dry and flavorless. The only truly delicious turkey breast I've ever had is from when people (my parents, relatives, and myself included) have worked with just a turkey breast. The brined organic turkey breast my dad made this year was the best I ever had, so when I found an organic turkey breast in the grocery store after Thanksgiving, I snagged it and did the same and had two weeks' worth of fabulous leftovers. I'd eat turkey breast like that all the time!
12/26/2009 5:59:48 PM

These are all great ideas. The only thing I would add is that while dark meat turkey may be higher in fat, it is also higher in flavor and juicier. Yes, the white meat is a healthier choice, but some dark meat is fine as well. And sweet potatoes - OH YUM. I totally agree, they are so good on their own they need nothing.
12/17/2009 3:28:38 AM

Some of these ideas wil be quite helpful on my second holiday dinner at the in-laws. They aren't as "aware" of their holiday offerings as my household. But their hearts are in the right spot. So, I can make a couple of suggestions for their upcoming party/dinner.
12/15/2009 4:47:58 PM

SUESMITH73's SparkPage
I used to always provide a sweet potato casserole for the big meals. This year I found a great mashed sweet potato dish with thin apple slices on top & a few pecan pieces. I soaked the apples & nuts in maple syrup, add a little pumpkin pie spice & it turned out Great!!

Thanks for the other ideas!
12/15/2009 2:42:13 AM

DIWILLS37's SparkPage
usefull ideas I mean to try them

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