9 Recipes that Avoid the Holiday Weight Gain


If you’re like me, this is the favorite time of the year because of two things; more time spent with friends and family and secondly, indulging in all of the traditional holiday dishes. Even if they may set your weight loss goals back. 
 
At FitTrack, we have curated seven of the best recipes to enjoy that won’t tip the scale. Don’t worry, have a second or third helping of food. Lose the extra calories, but not the flavor. These recipes will soon become a family favorite! 
 
Make one, two, or all of these dishes for your next gathering to please a crowd. Continue to scroll and please do not lick your screen because they look so delicious. Trust us, don’t recommend to read this if you’re hungry. I did it while I wrote this blog and my desk was covered in snacks.

Let’s start with two appetizer recipes. First up is Spinach-Artichoke Bites

Spinach Artichoke Bites

A flakey and easy appetizer will be sure to please a crowd. Use frozen artichoke hearts instead of canned because they contain no added salt. Pop these in the oven for 10 minutes and you're good to go!

Get the full recipe HERE

The second healthy appetizer you can make this holiday season is Easy Italian Chicken Meatballs.

Italian Chicken Meatballs


These meatballs are far from your typical ball. They are packed with flavor because of the sausage and chicken mix. To complete the dish, serve them with a dipping sauce with toothpicks. 

Get the full recipe HERE.

Now, for the dish that everyone has been waiting all year for, turkey!

Herb-Roast Turkey

Turkey Dinner

Easier and more delicious than your traditional turkey recipe. Don’t stress because cooking the turkey this way will keep it moist. 

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Not sure if you want to cook a turkey this year? Opt for a unique and flavorful dish that your guests won’t expect! Try Skillet Honey Pomegranate Chicken Thighs that is bursting with the flavors of the season. 

Chicken Thighs

Perfectly portioned with less work than a turkey. Use boneless chicken thighs to save your guests the headache of trying to eat around it. Collect the sauce that the chicken thighs have cooked in and served if guests would like more flavor. 

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Onto the sides, everyone’s best friend.

Light Scalloped Potatoes With Roasted Chiles

Scallop Potatoes

No holiday dinner is complete without scalloped potatoes. Seriously, who doesn’t love a delicious combination of butter, cheese, and garlic?! The calorie-packed dish would have been equivalent to the total number of calories you need in an entire day, but not anymore! Cut the calories while still enjoying your favorite side dish.

 
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Cauliflower Stuffing

Cauliflower Stuffing

This is the perfect recipe for those who want to eat fewer carbs this holiday season. Instead of the traditional stuffing, swap the bread for cauliflower and ground pork. It’s best if you bake this stuffing in a separate dish instead of inside of the turkey. This will help the cauliflower become crispy instead of soft and mushy.
 
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No main dish isn’t complete without its sauces. You know, cranberry and gravy!

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Have you ever looked at the ingredient label on a can of store-bought cranberry sauce? It’s full of high fructose syrup, which is heavily processed sweetness that you don’t really need in a dish to have amazing flavor thanks to honey and/or light maple syrup.

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Heavenly Healthy Gravy


Healthy Gravy

Don’t fear the pour with this gravy. It’s absolutely delicious and doesn’t have the extra calories your traditional gravy had. With only a few ingredients, this gravy will fulfill your craving while cutting the calories.

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Finally, no holiday dinner is complete without dessert, which includes an indulgent chocolate dessert. 
 

Dark Chocolate–Pistachio Tart

Chocolate Tart

You only need a small piece, but we won’t stop you if you want to cut a larger piece, it can be our secret. If you’re not a fan of pistachios, you can use almonds or hazelnuts. The crust is made of heart-healthy nuts, so no flour necessary!

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You are now ready to have the most delicious holiday party you've ever had. There is no need to sacrifice on flavor while trying to cut calories with these recipes.