The following post is written by Nutrition Services at Woman’s Center for Wellness.
With the holidays here and so much to get done, your family’s nutrition may be at the back of your mind. But a few simple tricks can turn holiday staples into healthy meals.
With every holiday season comes our favorite treats, casseroles and cocktails. One holiday tradition many of us have in common is the unwanted but accepted weight gain. Accepted because we have a New Year around the corner and losing the extra pounds will be part of our New Year’s Resolution.
A sweet holiday treat during the holidays but is enjoyed throughout the year is pumpkin pie. A slice of pie (about 1/8 of the pie) contains 316 calories, 14.5 grams of fat and more than 40 grams of carbohydrates. If you’re looking for a healthy alternative, check out our recipe for Pumpkin Spiced Cookie Bites below.
Pumpkin Spiced Cookie Bites
Makes about 36 4-inch cookies.
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup Smart Balance butter blend, room temperature
3/4 cup Splenda baking blend
½ cup Eggbeaters
2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
With an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggbeaters and vanilla extract until combined.
Add the flour mixture and beat until dough is smooth.
Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place rack in center of oven. Line two baking sheets with baking mats, wax paper, or parchment paper.
Remove one half of the chilled dough from the refrigerator at a time and roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick
Flour cookie cutter and cut out shapes, transfer to a baking sheet.
Bake cookies for about 10 minutes or until brown around the edges.
Lightly dust with ground cinnamon while cookies cool
Total Fat 5g
Total Carbohydrates 10.6g
Total Protein 1.6g