The Holiday Plan

Large_thanksgiving meal_november 2013About this time every year, you probably start gearing up for your New Year’s resolution to lose weight and start a regular exercise routine. Then, just before tacking the new calendar to the kitchen wall, you empty your home and office of all those off-plan snacks and goodies.

Sometimes you give them to friends and coworkers; other times, you muster up a great deal of strength and toss them in the trash. But far too often you polish off every crumb yourself—and start the new year about ten pounds heavier, your body full of leftover holiday pies and cookies.

What if you could get through the holidays and reach January 1st with a loss, instead?

If you limit splurges to the holiday meal, like Thanksgiving dinner, you can keep your weight in check and reach your health goals even faster.

So what about Thanksgiving?  We know what the traditional turkey-day table looks like: buttery mashed potatoes, syrupy sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans with potato sticks, and a big, juicy bird. Don’t even look at the dessert table!  You know what’s there: pumpkin and pecan pies, carrot cake, cookies.

To get you through the day—and the holiday season—with ease, we have added a new, healthy twist to a few old favorites: mashed cauliflower, green beans amandine, and pumpkin pie.

Mashed Cauliflower and Gravy

Serves four

2 cups cauliflower, fresh or frozen (4 green)
1 Tbsp. light margarine (1 healthy fat)
¼ tsp. salt (1 condiment)
½ cup Blue Diamond® Almond Breeze Milk (1 condiment)
½ tsp. pepper (1 condiment)
½ tsp. garlic powder (1 condiment)
½ cup light or fat-free turkey gravy (optional) (8 condiments)*

1. Cook cauliflower until soft and warm, approximately 6-8 minutes in the microwave for frozen, 8-10 minutes steamed for fresh.
2. In a food processor, combine cauliflower, almond milk, and seasonings to taste.
3. Blend until cauliflower is the consistency of mashed potatoes.
4. In a bowl, combine mashed cauliflower with light margarine, and heat in the microwave until hot, about two minutes.
5. Prepare light gravy according to manufacturer’s directions.

Nutrition information: 1 Green, 3 Condiments* (gravy), and ¼ Healthy Fat
*Nutrition content may vary due to type and brand of gravy

Green Beans Amandine

Serves four

¼ tsp. salt (1 condiment)
½ tsp. ground pepper (1 condiment)
4 cups green beans, stem end trimmed (8 green)
2 tbsp. slivered almonds, un-blanched (1 healthy fat)
1 tsp. olive oil (1 healthy fat)

1.  Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
3. Add green beans; cook until bright green and tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
4. Drain in a colander; rinse under cold water, and pat dry.
5. Spread nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet, and toast in the oven until golden brown and fragrant, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
6. In a large bowl, toss green beans with oil; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving dish, and garnish with toasted almonds

Nutrition Information: 2 Greens, ½ Condiment, ½ Healthy Fat

Pumpkin Pie—Medifast Meal Makeover

Serves four

1 packet Medifast Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal (1 Medifast Meal)
1 packet Medifast Vanilla Pudding (1 Medifast Meal)
1 packet Medifast Chai Latte (1 Medifast Meal)
1 packet Medifast scrambled eggs (1 Medifast Meal)
1 tsp. baking powder (2 condiments)
1 tsp. cinnamon (2 condiments)
1 Tbsp. canola oil (3 Healthy Fats)
1 cup water
4 Tbsp. sugar free vanilla, macadamia nut or hazelnut syrup (2 condiments)
5 sprays cooking spray (1/2 condiment)

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. In a medium bowl, mix oatmeal, pudding, latte, eggs, baking powder, and cinnamon.
3. Combine canola oil, water, and sugar-free syrup in another medium bowl.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
5. Pour into a 9-inch pie plate sprayed with cooking spray.
6. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
7. Serve with 1 tablespoon sugar-free whipped cream per slice if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information: 1 Medifast Meal, 1½ Condiments, ¾ Healthy Fat


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