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By Larry

*Happiest of Birthdays to Barry K., Tim G., Chris E. and Chip W. in NYC!!!

*Tell your holiday favorites to lighten up!
1) Sweet potato casserole: Replace the butter, brown sugar and marshmallows with 1/2 cup chopped pecans, a splash of maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon. You save 151 calories.
2) Mashed potatoes: Replace cream with low-fat buttermilk or 2% milk. Instead of using a stick of butter, use just 2 tablespoons per 2 pounds of potatoes. You save 168 calories.
3) Gravy: Replace meat juices and fat with defatted turkey drippings, 1/4 cup skim milk and 4 tablespoons flour. You save 118 calories.

Winter Wonder Salad

Yield: 4 servings (Serving size: 1 1/2 cups salad and 2 tablespoons dressing)

*1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
*2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
*2 tablespoons orange juice
*1/2 teaspoon sugar
*3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
*1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/4 teaspoon black pepper

*4 cups mixed salad greens
*2 small ripe Fuyu persimmons, each cut into 6 wedges
*1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
*1/4 cup walnuts
*1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

1) For the dressing, combine the first 4 ingredients (through sugar) in a medium bowl and mix well. Whisk in the oil slowly. Add lemon zest, salt and pepper. Mix well.
2) Divide the greens equally onto 4 plates and distribute equal portions of the persimmon wedges, blue cheese, walnuts and pomegranate seeds.
3) Drizzle with the vinaigrette and serve.

Nutrition Information:
Calories per serving: 323
Carbohydrate: 25 grams
Protein: 9 grams
Fat: 19 grams
Fiber: 5 grams

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