The Perfect Christmas Meal (with 4 recipes!)

The Perfect Christmas Meal (with 4 recipes!)

Looking for some amazingly delicious Christmas recipes?

If you’re hosting Christmas this year, then you’ve got yourself some careful planning to do. I’m pretty sure we can all agree that Christmas would be so much more fun if you didn’t have to   stress over finding Christmas recipes for the perfect Christmas meal that will serve as the key to your hosting the ultimate Christmas get-together.

The holiday season is the perfect time to take a break from work and reconnect with friends and family. And while this season is the silly one, sometimes it can prove to be quite a challenge to remain calm and stress-free as Christmas day comes around.

No time to find the perfect Christmas recipes

Holidays can make your schedule even more hectic.

As if that’s even possible!

But leave it up to the crazy holiday season. There never seems to be enough time to get things done—the work deadlines, the pile of Christmas party invites, the gifts you haven’t wrapped.

Not only that, it’s also the time of the year when you usually “forget” about your diet and eat that last piece of cake. Well, nobody can really blame you for that. After all, the holiday cheer can put you in the mood to celebrate.

And what do we like to do to celebrate?

That’s right! Eat.

And when you’re faced with mouth-watering Christmas dishes and no healthy alternatives in sight, you may actually need the willpower stronger than steel to resist the temptations, and manage not to pack on extra kilos.

Here’s the ugly truth: these holiday meals taste amazing because they are usually made with extra love;  fat and sugar.

Your favorite family Christmas recipes can make you gain weight

You may argue that you simply cannot miss out on sampling all the Christmas dishes over your grandma’s house despite knowing her Christmas recipes are sinful and fattening. After all, it is your grandma’s Christmas recipes we are talking about!

But you gotta admit, while the Christmas recipes that made these awesome holiday dishes possible deserve an award, eating some of the best holiday dishes doesn’t always make you feel good.

Remember feeling bloated after indulging on calorie-laden pecan pie?

Yep, totally so not worth it.

How about feeling fat and guilty after downing a carton of eggnog?

Probably not your smartest move.

But here’s the good thing is: you can always do something to avoid holiday slip ups. No burning of Christmas recipes required!

What to look for in calorie-worthy Christmas recipes

Instead of stressing over finding Christmas recipes of the must-have dishes this season, try looking for recipes that will not only make mouth-watering dishes, but also help you relax and forget worrying about the calories you’re about to consume.

I’d like to share with you this careful selection favorite Christmas recipes from me and people I follow over the years. These Christmas recipes will bring to life guilt-free, nutrient-packed meals that will spice up your taste buds and make you feel fuller and lighter than ever before.

Sweet Potato Fries with Super Coating

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Sweet potato fries? Now, you may be wondering how fries made it to our guilt-free Christmas recipes. After all, fries are usually high in fat. But what makes this Christmas recipe great is the method of cooking used to make sweet potato fries.

Sweet potatoes have superior vitamins A and C contents over your regular potatoes. And despite being naturally sweet, these non-starchy carbs have relatively low glycemic index—meaning, your blood sugar won’t rise as high when you eat sweet potato fries compared to regular fries.

However, when you fry sweet potatoes, you take away the nutritional benefits you can get and change it into a food that gives you loads of unnecessary fat and calories. In this recipe, you are to bake sweet potatoes, making it a healthy option that even kids would love.

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

  • 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal/corn flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into French-fry-style lengths
  • 2- 3 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Sea salt

Method:

  1. Combine shredded coconut, cornmeal and spices in a large plastic bag.
  2. Pour almond milk on a big bowl.
  3. Put the sweet potatoes in the bowl of almond milk.
  4. Then coat it in the bag until surfaces of potatoes are covered with shredded coconut.
  5. Remove and place on baking sheets and drizzle melted coconut oil. Bake at 375 °F or 190 °C for 30 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle some salt while still hot.

Source: Jessica Nadel’s Superfoods: More Than 100 Easy and Inspired Recipes to Enjoy the World’s Most Nutritious Foods at Every Meal, Every Day

Massaged Kale Salad

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Dubbed as the “queen of greens,” kale makes a perfect ingredient to a deliciously healthy salad. After all, this superfood is loaded with antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K that can help your body fight off cancer-causing free radicals. Not to mention kale is packed with more iron than beef and more calcium than milk, per calorie.

Enjoy one of the most amazing Christmas recipes that makes use of these super greens and healthy berries to create the perfect salad mix this Christmas.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch of  fresh kale
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or flaxseed oil
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 bunch mint, chopped
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2 Tbsp goji berries

Methods:

  1. Wash the kale leaves and remove from the stem.
  2. In a large bowl, shred the kale leaves.
  3. Mix lemon juice, pepper, salt and olive oil in a smaller bowl. And then pour over the kale leaves.
  4. Show some love by massaging the kale leaves gently for about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Top the spring onion, parsley, mint, onion, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate and goji berries.
  6. Toss gently and adjust flavors according to your preference.

Source: Teresa Cutter: The Healthy Chef

 

Apple and Cranberry Stuffed Turkey Breast

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Holidays wouldn’t be complete without turkey!

So go ahead and munch on this yummy roasted turkey breast, stuffed with apple and dried cranberries. This is one of the deliciously satisfying turkey Christmas recipes that I absolutely love. Turkey is a great source of protein, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and iron. It’s also packed vitamin B6 and niacin, which plays an important role in the body’s energy production.

No need to fuss over a long party night as this turkey dish will surely give you the energy you need to enjoy the party all night long.

Ingredients:

  • 2 skinless boneless turkey breasts
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp. fresh thyme, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking twine
  • Olive oil

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 120°C/ 350 °F.
  2. Slice each breast thinly.
  3. Flatten each breast with a mallet.
  4. Combine the apple, dried cranberries, walnuts, mushrooms, rosemary and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Spread the apple-cranberry stuffing on top of each breast.
  6. Roll up each breast tightly and tie with cooking twine.
  7. Season the rolled breasts equally on all sides.
  8. Put some olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet placed over medium-high heat.
  9. Cook each turkey breast on all sides until brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  10. Place the skillet in the oven, uncovered, and roast for 45 to 60 minutes.
  11. Allow the breasts to rest before slicing and serving.

Source: Paleo Leap

Raw Chocolate Superfood Cake

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Who can say NO to chocolate cake? Especially during Christmas.

It seems people can always come up with occasions that definitely call for a slice of cake—a co-worker’s last day at work, an intern’s last day, interventions…you name it.

But, if you’re worried about eating cake this holiday season and struggling to fit into your jeans after, then you better drop your usual cake recipe and indulge in this decadent chocolate cake.

This raw chocolate superfood cake deserves its sweet spot in the list of the most amazing Christmas recipes as it is packed with heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Definitely a sweet day to cap off your day!

Ingredients for cake:

  • ½  cup walnuts
  • 1 cup Medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1/2 coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup oats, rolled
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 heaped tsp spirulina powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp slippery elm powder – fantastic for gut health!
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder -great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup melted cocoa butter
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao
  • 3tbsp maple syrup or 20 drops of Stevia for an even more low-sugar option
  • 4-5 strawberries washed & sliced

Method:

  1. In a food processor blend dry ingredients, walnuts, coconut flour and spices, except the spirulina and blend for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the melted coconut oil and dates and blend for another 30 seconds.
  3. Divide the mixture in half.
  4. Line a cake tin with baking paper and pour in half the mixture. Press down firmly.
  5. Mix in the spirulina with the other half of the mixture for 15 seconds then pour it on top of the first layer and press down firmly. (this is gonna give you beautiful layers)
  6. Melt the cocoa butter on the stove (or microwave), add the syrup and cacao, mix well and pour on top of the mixture.
  7. Place in the fridge for 5 minutes until it sets a little but doesn’t completely harden.
  8. Decorate with strawberries and leave in the fridge for 2 hours.

Source: Nik Toth: The Lean Body Coach

 

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