Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain: Strategy 3 A Super Good Grain-free, Low Carb Christmas Menu

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  • When my daughter was a toddler, Christmas was a much more simple affair.
    Her handle on Santa Claus was fair at best, and anticipation of the big day was tepid. Decorated trees were nice, cheerful lights were nice, and merry songs were nice as well. Santa was still being deliberated.

    My daughter was told he was a grand old fellow who delivered gifts to all the children who had been good, and she was assured that she had made the grade. Her take on the whole thing was, well…Santa was a loud fellow who adhered to an odd dress code. He was rotund and older gent who laughed manically at pretty much everything and seemed a bit out of sorts about twenty-five percent of the time. If she were pressed for the truth, I’m sure the word terrifying would be used at least once. Then again, if he was the source of all those gifts he would have to be tolerated. As she grew older Santa rose to his traditional level of reverence.

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    My husband believed in volume, so the tree would be buried in heaps of Fisher Price. The price was reasonable, so stacks of gifts were possible. As my daughter grew older, her tastes became more sophisticated. Most of what she wanted would now require batteries, and certain select items had to be owned or the world would never be right again. Prices rose, and the volume beneath the tree declined. My husband tried to compensate for compromised numbers by spacing the gifts out a bit more in an attempt to create the illusion of volume. While this did not pass muster with my daughter, the less disguised as more approach to Christmas can be managed quite nicely for the holiday meal. As for the gifts…I suppose that’s another story.

    A Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Carb Christmas Day Menu

    Less can indeed be more if your Christmas day menu is composed of carefully selected choices that will not invite extra pounds. Less calories, less carbs, and less fat can translate into more food, and a wonderfully healthy and extravagant spread can be had with a bit of thought. Here are some ideas to get you started, along with links to a few recipes that will make the day merry all around. Using farm fresh vegetables makes for incredible taste and nutrition (we get ours directly at an organic farm)!

    Christmas Breakfast

    Apple Bacon Potato Cakes with Poached Eggs and Hollandaise recipe
    Organic Coffee with Organic cream and Stevia

    Christmas Day Snacks

    Mineral Water
    Flavored Water
    Roasted Nuts and Dried Apricots

    Christmas Dinner

    Italian Egg Drop Soup (use wild rice in lieu of pasta) recipe
    Raw Kale Salad with Red Pears, Goat Cheese, Walnuts, Sugared Cranberries (recipe link below), and Maple Cider Dressing (see recipe below)
    Herbed-Roasted Turkey and Cider Gravy recipe
    Stuffing recipe
    Chicken Kielbasa and Sauerkraut recipe
    Maple Mashed Turnips and Carrots recipe
    Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Apples recipe
    Cranberry Sauce recipe

    Christmas Dessert


    Sugared Cranberries recipe
    Pumpkin Pie recipe
    Maple Delicata Pie recipe


    Maple-Cider Vinaigrette recipe
    * 1/3 cup cider vinegar
    * 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

  • * 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

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    * 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    * 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    * 2/3 cup olive oil

    Bon Appetite!

     

    Living life well-fed,

    MBL

Published On: December 16, 2012