Easter is just around the corner and with that comes good times, good food and sometimes a little extra around the waistline. 

Although, there’s no reason why Easter dinner can’t be healthy and tasty, without being full of fat.

I’m going to share with you five ways that you can still enjoy and not feel as though you are depriving yourself of the foods you love.

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1. Add dark, fresh greens. 

Growing up in the south, collard greens were a common dish in our home but I don’t always find them where I live now.  So, I had to learn to use other veggies for Holiday meals.

So, some of the greens I incorporate into our meals are asparagus, green beans, broccoli, snap peas, bok choy, and kale. 

These are just a few of what we eat in our home. 

Go ahead and be creative!  The sky is the limit with what you can do with these veggies.   I’ll add to soups, quiches, stir frys or just sauté with a little olive oil and garlic. 

2. You can STILL have your stuffing!

Confession…I love dressing (as we call it back home) or stuffing and I could probably eat it every day.  The thing though, is that some of the ingredients in stuffing also cause inflammation in my body.  It also has a lot more calories that I rather save for an extra glass of wine.

To save calories and to feel better, I had to find a new stuffing to have and came across THIS one that I’m sharing with you.  It’s delicious and can be made anytime of year.

3. Add flavor to your dishes by using orange, lime or lemon zest or fresh herbs. 

Fresh herbs pack a whole lot of flavor as do orange, lemon or lime zests.  No longer will you need as much salt, butter or other ingredients.  That old saying “sometimes less is more” can be very true when cooking.

Here’s a TASTY Turkey Recipe that I think everyone will enjoy!

Citrus-Herb Roasted Turkey

1 (12 lb.) fresh turkey (organs, neck and gizzard removed)
5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. finely chopped lemon peel
2 Tbsp. finely chopped orange peel
½ cup low-sodium organic chicken broth
½ cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp. paprika
1½ tsp. ground cumin (optional)
1½ tsp. dried oregano leaves
1½ tsp. dried thyme leaves
1 tsp. dried rosemary leaves
1½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450° F. Position rack in the lower third of the oven.
2. Place oil, lemon peel, orange peel, broth, orange juice, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, cumin, oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
3. Place turkey breast-side up on rack in roasting pan. Rub turkey with half of prepared dressing, including under the skin and inside the cavity. Reserve remaining dressing for basting.
4. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until skin is golden brown. Remove turkey from oven and cover breast with aluminum foil.
5. Return turkey to oven. Reduce heat to 350° F. Bake, brushing turkey with remaining dressing every hour, for an additional 2 to 2½ hours or until thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 165° F. 6. Transfer turkey to a large serving platter and cover with foil. Let turkey stand for 10 minutes before carving.

4. Skip all the sweeteners – glazed hams, sugary sweet potatoes and desserts can easily add in unnecessary calories. 

Some alternative ideas are…

Roasting sweet potatoes and sweetening cinnamon and nutmeg instead.

Make a ham and create your own glaze from pure maple syrup or locally grown honey instead.  Or, add cloves and pineapple rings on top.

Instead of a sweet pie, make fruit salad with a delicious cream cheese dip (My kids favorite!) or a banana ice cream.

There are many, many recipes on the Internet and you should be able to find one that you and your family will enjoy. 

If you need help, I’ve pinned TONS of recipes and you’re welcome to browse through my boards.  Click here to access them.

5. Lastly and most important…ENJOY the day – No matter what kind of meal you choose to have, ENJOY the day. 

Holidays are meant for celebrations, love, life, relaxation and rejuvenation.   One meal won’t ruin all your hard work when you eat healthy and exercise the majority of the time.

And, to show that you’re committing to do so, here’s a tweetable for you to share. Tweet: I give myself permission to ENJOY today and focus more of memories than food. via @laurakellypifer

How are you spending the Easter Holiday?  Comment back with what healthy tip you’re incorporating.  Something that you share might just help someone else.

As always, thank you for reading, sharing and just being you!



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