For most of us, if the holidays are about anything, they are about traditions and food. In fact, a lot of our traditions are food related! Many people these days believe in healthy eating, and many others have food allergies, sensitivities, or a commitment to avoiding certain food categories. This can make things tricky if you’re hosting holiday gatherings and want to find delicious healthy recipes for your holiday guests.
We found a wonderful website, Cuisinicity.com, that we wanted to share with you so you can find those delicious healthy recipes to make for your guests this holiday season. Catherine Katz’s holiday eating philosophy was developed alongside her husband, Dr. David Katz, a world-renowned expert in nutrition and disease prevention. Their philosophy is that “the holidays is not the time to start fixing anything drastically. Eat well and be active year-round, and when the holidays roll around—let the good times roll!”
With that understanding as a backdrop, we would like to share some of Catherine’s great recipes with you:
Pumpkin pie is a foregone conclusion on most holiday tables, but with more and more people going gluten-free, it can be problematic. Not any more! Here’s Catherine’s secret to a healthier and gluten-free…not to mention more flavorful! pie for your holiday guests:
Wait a Minute…A Healthy Pie?!
“Typically, a pumpkin pie is made with a regular pie shell made up of white flour, shortening, sugar and salt and the custard contains molasses, salt, and sometimes butter or cream. Instead, this luscious pie uses a nutty/ puffin cereal base that is more like a cookie crumb crust that adds fiber and healthy fat from pecans instead of the saturated or transfat from shortening, and of course no added salt. This pie also contains more pumpkin than the typical recipe calls for, so it is even richer in fiber. (I like this brand but there are others). The addition of dark rum makes it so rich tasting and just perfect! The result is a delightful (gluten-free) creamy gem of a pie you will love; and even better — it will love you back! ” ~Catherine Katz
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Sounds elegant, doesn’t it? They don’t have to know that this healthy holiday recipe is really easy to make. It has a delicious zesty lemon and garlic flavor, perfect for that discerning palate. Try it and let us know what your holiday guests think.
Looks Like You Worked All Day to Make this Dish!
Delicious Vegan Recipes for Your Holiday Guests
Do you have a vegan in your family? If you want some delicious healthy recipes for your holiday guests who follow the vegan diet, the Cuisinicity website offers both savory vegan recipes and sweet, dessert vegan recipes.
One of our Last Third Best Thirders, Donna from Connecticut (soon to be from Florida), has this to say about Catherine’s vegan Crème au Chocolat: “I wanted to bring a healthy dessert to a holiday party tomorrow. My go-to website is Cuisinicity, so I looked for something I could make in bite-sized portions. What better dessert than mini Chocolate Mousse cups that are actually good for you? I look forward to hearing what everyone thinks. I’m already a huge fan of Catherine’s Flourless Chocolate Cake and Eggplant Fricassée, so the mini-mousses are sure to be a healthy hit!”
Take a look at this delicious and healthy dessert recipe:
Mini Vegan Chocolate Mousses Are One Last Third Best Thirder’s Favorites
Of course, the holidays often bring overnight guests, which means you need clean sheets and healthy delicious breakfast recipes! In addition to the usual breakfast options like oatmeal, eggs, and fresh fruit, try Banana Hazelnut Pancakes, or any of Cuisinicity’s luscious easy scones with no added sugar! Yep, you heard right, no added sugar! here they are: Pear Fig Walnut Scones, Apple Date Walnut Scones, Pumpkin Raisin Walnut Scones.
Pancakes Make for a Perfect Holiday Breakfast
The holidays should be a time of enjoying each other’s company and not worrying excessively about food. Catherine Katz’s many healthy options should help you keep your guests happy and well fed, which may be the greatest tradition of all. Happy Holidays!