A Healthier Take on the Easter Menu

by in Uncategorized, April 12, 2014

Among the big holidays, Easter isn’t traditionally associated with excessive eating. But any family gathering has the potential to lead to overindulging. The best strategy: Plan your menu around fresh, healthy and seasonal recipes.

Good news: There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a little holiday libation. Just keep portions to about 5 fluid ounces so you can limit calories to 130 per serving.

Recipes: Champagne Cocktails

Lighten up this classic app with nonfat Greek yogurt and a flavor boost from pickles, Dijon and cayenne pepper.

Recipe: Lighter Southern Deviled Eggs

Ham is the classic pick for an Easter spread. But for leaner protein and Omega-3 fats, consider runners-up like lamb or salmon.

Recipe: Spice Rubbed Lamb Tenderloin and Yogurt Sauce

Recipe: Tea Glazed Salmon

Celebrate the season with fresh spring produce. (Peas and asparagus are filled with fiber and vitamin C.)

Recipe: Roasted Asparagus (above, from Food Network Magazine)

Recipe: Risotto with Pesto and Peas

Angel food cake is always a hit, especially when served with a side of seasonal fruit like strawberries.

Recipe: Lemon Angel Food Cake

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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