Light Recipes When You Need a Break from Heavy Holiday Foods

These choices hit the spot, even if you’re craving gingerbread men.

Diets During the Holidays are Tough

Unless you’re on a pie, cheese, and bread diet it can be quite difficult to maintain modesty when you’re dining during the holidays. Does Mom bake her famous pie? Go for it. Does Grandma make her gumbo? There’s no denying it. Is there a dessert table? It’s on.

But sometimes, and your stomach might need a little break. Luckily, we have you covered.

If you’re in need of something lighter to nosh on, something that still hits the spot but doesn’t elicit the full force of satiation that big meals offer, there are light recipes you can cook up that just as well bring in holiday cheer, without filling you up past the brim.

Invite your family to peruse these choices, and they’ll be happy to enjoy these meals with you. The holidays are a wonderful time to sit down with the people you love, eat up scrumptious dishes, and give gratitude for the delicious fare. There is not a lack of indulgent and decadent options during the holiday season, but sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and have a lighter recipe.

Cooking with Fish

Meals that feature fish as the main protein are generally low-fat options of protein. According to the Washington State Department of Health, “Fish is filled with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins such as D and B2 (riboflavin). Fish is rich in calcium and phosphorus and a great source of minerals, such as iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium.”

If you’d like a meal that offers enriching vitamins into your diet, opt to have fish on your plate.

The Red Snapper with Tomatoes and Olives meal by Atkins is a light recipe that only has 5.8 net carbs.

Also, try Atkins’ Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon which takes only thirty-five minutes to make and has a total of only 6.5 net carbs.

Delicious and Filling Salads

When you need a break from heavy holiday foods and you want to eat something that feels cleansing, it’s always a good bet to have a salad. Salads don’t have to be bland or lackluster because there are so many ways to jazz it up.

Ancient people used lettuce for medicinal reasons and nowadays science backs up some of those claims. According to Organic Facts, “lettuce possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help in controlling inflammation.” Consuming lettuce is also known to protect neurons, which aids in proper brain function.

The Jalapeño Caesar Salad by American Diabetes Association is a light recipe that’s a fun play on the traditional caesar salad. The addition of jalapeños adds a little zest to every bite.

Also try our Kale, Quinoa, and Dried Cherry Salad. Quinoa is a superfood that is surprisingly filling, and the addition of cherry in the salad is a sweet reminder of the holiday season.

Light Recipes that Feel Great

Eating light doesn’t have to mean eating scarce or flavorless food. What are your favorite light recipes to cook up when you want to curb holiday feasting? Do you ever make intricate salads with interesting additions? Do you prefer mild fish like snapper, or do you like more dark fish like tuna? We always love to hear from fellow foodies. Leave a comment or ask us your questions. Show us how you like to #GetChef’d