Most of us tend to overeat on big holidays, and Easter is no exception. I am personally looking forward to enjoying my mother-in-law's home cooked lunch! On holidays we can follow a few simple rules to make our large meal a little bit more healthy.
Try some of these suggestions:
- Smart appetizers: Use a fruit platter or a veggie platter with a low-calorie dip. How about a shrimp platter with a low-calorie cocktail sauce?
- Good sides: Hot cross buns and other biscuits are plentiful on Easter, but try picking up a whole grain alternative. Whole grain bread products contain fiber that helps lower bad cholesterol and helps prevent gastrointestinal diseases. Pick vegetables that are deep in color and high in nutrients, like broccoli or green beans instead of mashed potatoes or creamed corn.
- Red wine versus white wine? The darker the color, the more antioxidants.
- Lean protein: Ham is a traditional meal to cook on Easter, but how about using turkey instead? If tradition will only allow for pork (some are hard to break!) try using a lean pork loin roast since this is one of the leanest pork cuts.
- Check out your plate: Follow the power plate rule: 1/2 of your plate should be fruits or veggies, 1/4 should be whole grains and 1/4 should be your lean protein.
- Bring a healthy dish to share: If you are going to attend a potluck for Easter, bring one healthy meal to share that you know you will love.
- And let’s not forget dessert! Make a dessert that includes lots of fruit, like this delicious, low-calorie and easy to make parfait.
Very Berry Parfait Recipe
Makes 6 servings
What you will need:
- 4 cups of fresh sliced berries: strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. You can try adding mandarins, bananas, pomegranate kernels, kiwi - be creative!
- 4 cups of fat free vanilla pudding cups
- 2 cups of lite whipped toping like fat-free Cool Whip
- 2-3 tablespoons of Amaretto liquor (or anything similar will be ok, we sometimes use Disaronno liquor). You may want to make a small batch for the young guests without the liquor and use 1 tablespoon of almond extract instead of the liquor.
- 6 parfait glasses. You can also use wine glasses, small clear glasses or dessert cups.
What to do:
- In one bowl, mix all your berries.
- In a second bowl, make your filling by mixing your liquor, pudding and Cool Whip together.
- Take ½ the filling and add it evenly to your 6 glasses.
- Add your fruit mixture to the glasses, evenly and generously!
- Add a final layer of the filling to each if your glasses.
- Top with a small mint leap, a little shaved chocolate, or extra berry mixture.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve. Viola!