Friday, December 11, 2015

Healthy Holiday Recipe Transformations

For those hosting Christmas or a holiday dinner this month, there are many pressures: providing a hearty, traditional meal with trimmings “just like mom made” can sometimes be a challenge, especially when those recipes are filled with high-calorie ingredients that normally are off-limits to you and your family. Because the Average American gains from 5-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Christmas dinner is the perfect time to load up on hearty and nutritious meals.

Chef Anthony, Executive Chef of Pritikin has worked with thousands of guests to create healthier versions of their favorite, tasty foods. His tips and tricks will turn any holiday favorite into a healthier dish for your family (and their waistlines!) Director of Nutrition Dr. Gayl Canfield has helped guests create personalized food and fitness plans to achieve long-term weight loss, and her insight will allow her to provide tips on how to make your must-have holiday dishes healthier and weigh in on the importance of eating healthy this holiday.

Here are their versions of healthier foods you can proudly serve on your holiday table...

Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Serves: 8
·         2 LB Brussels sprouts (cleaned and halved)
·         ¼ tsp. Baking soda
·         2 quarts water
·         2 Tbsp.  Pritikin All purpose seasoning*
·         2 Tbsp. Chopped garlic

* Make your own Pritikin All-Purpose Seasoning by blending granulated onion, granulated garlic, salt-free lemon pepper, and paprika.

1.       Bring water to the boil; add baking soda and then Brussels sprouts. Turn off the flame and let sit for 2 minutes.
2.       Drain and toss with garlic and Pritikin seasoning.
3.       Place on a baking tray and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes and serve

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Serves: 4; Serving Size: ½ cup

•             4  Sweet Potatoes
•             1/4 cup Diced Pineapple
•             1/4 cup Fat Free Sour Cream
•             1 tsp vanilla extract
•             ¼ tsp ground Nutmeg
•             ¼ tsp Ground cinnamon

1.            Roast potato in a hot oven until soft, cool and peel
2.            Mash with a wire whip
3.            Mix all ingredients until well combined

Chocolate Ginger Mousse

A sinfully tasting (yet oh-so good for you) dessert. Regular chocolate mousse can tally up 8 grams of artery-clogging saturated fat (more saturated fat than many cheeseburgers!). There is zero saturated fat in Pritikin's Chocolate Ginger Mousse. Wow!
  • 4 ounces Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ to 2 Tablespoons Splenda
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 12 ounces firm or extra firm silken tofu
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger juice (Slice off skin of ginger root, then grate the root and squeeze to extract juice.)
  • Optional garnish: 4 fresh raspberries
  1. In a small stainless steel bowl, combine cocoa powder, Splenda and hot water. Stir till mixture has a smooth, thick, fudge-like consistency, adding more water as you stir, if needed.
  2. In a food processor, blend tofu till completely smooth, about 10 seconds. Then add fudge, vanilla extract, and ginger juice, and blend until smooth.
  3. Place mixture in parfait glasses. If desired, garnish each glass with a raspberry, and serve cold.
Chef's note: For variation, add mint leaves or mint extract, or sugar-free orange marmalade. _________________________________

Chef Anthony Stewart, Executive Chef -  Chef Anthony Stewart has won accolades worldwide, including five gold medals in top culinary competitions, for his masterful use of foodstuffs like fresh seafood and tropical fruit from his native Jamaica. When not in the kitchen, he’s in the classroom, and has inspired thousands of Pritikin guests “to have some fun!”

Gayl Canfield, RD: Director of Nutrition - Dr. Canfield has served as Nutrition Educator at the Pritikin Longevity Center since 2005.  Pritikin’s residential program is based on daily exercise and natural, whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, and limited lean meat.  Since 1975, more than 100 studies in top medical journals have documented the Pritikin Program’s success in helping the Center’s 90,000+ guests achieve lifelong weight control, improve cholesterol levels, normalize blood pressure, decrease inflammatory markers, control blood sugar, avoid bypass surgery, and substantially reduce the risk of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and cancers of the breast, colon, and prostate.

About the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa:
Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa is a 650-acre fully renovated private wellness spa and weight loss health program. Complete with exceptional fitness trainers, award winning chefs, nutritionists and renowned spa treatments. The center boosts tons of experts from health to nutrition and fitness to spa and wellness. People from all over the world travel to Pritikin to get their health back on track and get their bodies back in shape. For more information, please visit

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