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Quick, Easy and Healthy Holiday Recipes

Quick, Easy and Healthy Holiday Recipes

Brian Gustafson

Each and every year, so many people attempt to lose weight and completely resist the many temptations that surround the holiday season only to see the Christmas parties and family gatherings ultimately win the war and completely derail any progress that had been made toward a weight loss goal. Our suggestion to you if you are indeed one of the many who struggle through this very situation: embrace the temptations, just make a healthier version! Now this certainly is not us saying that you should allow yourself to have 20 cookies at a work Christmas party. We are saying, however, that you should not feel as though you cannot enjoy some of the many wonderful items that are available this time of year. Below are two healthy recipes, with three ingredients or less, that will help you to make better choices through the holidays, satisfy your sweet cravings and have your co-workers and family members pleading for the recipe. Enjoy!

 

2 INGREDIENT PUMPKIN MUFFINS

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 18 ounces spice cake mix
  • 15 ounces pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Simply mix the pumpkin and the spice cake mix together with electric mixer until well combined.
  2. Spoon into small muffin/cupcake tins, 2/3 full.
  3. Bake at 350 degree (18-22 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.)

 

NUTRITION FACTS

(SERVINGS: ABOUT 18)

  • Calories 113.8
  • Total Fat 0.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.0 g
  • Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • Sodium 119.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 24.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
  • Sugars 13.3 g
  • Protein 2.9 g

 

 

3 INGREDIENT PEANUT BUTTER BANANA COOKIES

 

INGREDIENTS

·         2 ripe bananas (mashed)

·         1 cup oats (quick or regular)

  • You can use either or a combination of both. If you use just old fashioned, chop them a little bit.

·         2 tablespoons PB2 or natural peanut butter

·         Optional Mix-Ins

  • Dark chocolate chips, walnuts, coconut, cinnamon, raisins, etc.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1.   Grease a cookie sheet and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.   Mix together the bananas, oats, and PB2.

3.   Because bananas vary in size you may need to adjust the amount of oats you add. The texture should be like wet cookie dough.

4.   Add any mix-ins you want.

1.   Whatever you decide to add, stick to ¼ cup or less, or the dough won't stick together.

5.   Scoop dough onto the greased cookie sheet. I got 12 cookies from this recipe.

6.   Bake for 15 minutes at 350.

 

NUTRITION FACTS

(SERVINGS: ABOUT 12)

  • Calories 47
  • Total Fat 1.0 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.0 g
  • Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • Sodium 8.0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 9.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
  • Sugars 3.0 g
  • Protein 1.0 g