New Low-Fat Ideas For Your Traditional Holiday Meals

by Christine Hunt

Thanksgiving Dinner

Normally Thanksgiving, Christmas and holiday meals in general are very heavy and difficult to digest.  Here are some recipes, from The Gerson Institute, for lighter, delicious foods that are full of flavor and low in fat that could become new additions to your traditional dinners.  And maybe reduce some of the heartburn that follows.

May this season bring joy to you and your loved ones.



Here is a low-fat twist on traditional mashed potatoes.


Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Herbed Mashed Potatoes


Pinch of fresh thyme, chopped

• Pinch of fresh parsley, chopped

• 3-4 garlic cloves, minced

• ¼ cup of water or Hippocrates soup stock

• 2 bay leaves

• 3 large potatoes, cubed

• ½ cup yogurt, non-fat, organic (optional, when allowed)

Serving Size: 3-4


• In a cooking pot, add water or soup stock, bay leaves, and potatoes. Bring potatoes to boil.

• Once boiling, turn down to simmer.

• Cook covered until potatoes are soft, approximately 40 minutes.

• Remove excess water and bay leaves from potatoes and keep aside. Add yogurt (if desired) and add the herbs and garlic.

• Mash! For a chunkier blend, mash using a potato masher. For a creamier texture, put the potatoes through a food mill.


Try these Baked Apples for a light, sweet side dish.


Baked Apples

Baked Apples


• 2 medium fuji apples, cored and chopped into bite size pieces

• 1 tbsp raisins (optional)

• 6 tsp filtered water

• 2 tsp brown sugar or other permitted sweetener

• Juice of ½ lemon

Serving Size: 2



• Toss all ingredients together. Place in a baking dish, cover, and bake in the oven at 300 degrees F for 45 minutes.


Don’t forget dessert!  This Banana Ice Cream is easy as pie.

Banana Ice Cream

Raw Banana Ice Cream


• 2 ripe peeled bananas, frozen overnight

Serving Size: 4


• If using a food processor or blender: chop bananas into bite-sized pieces before freezing. Blend until all the banana chunks smooth out – you should have a creamy texture.

Serve immediately.

(Option:  Use any frozen fruit or even mix them up.)


Source: The Gerson Institute


 To your health!


What tasty but lighter dishes do you serve at Thanksgiving and other holidays?

Please share your questions and comments below.




Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.


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