Enjoying traditional Christmas foods is a part of celebrating of the season, but just because many favorite recipes are high in calories, fat and sugar, it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your healthy lifestyle.
But many of the traditional foods can be perfectly healthy with a few simple changes in the recipes. Or we can substitute a healthier version of a similar food that is just as delicious as the traditional food.
Traditionally prepared gravy is very high in calories and fat. But it is so simple to remove most of the fat and therefore many of the calories. Place the turkey juices in a container and refrigerate. The fat will rise to the surface and harden. It is easy to remove the fat with a spoon and discard. Then use the defatted turkey juices and proceed making the gravy according to your favorite recipe. The gravy will have the same wonderful flavor minus a lot of calories and fat. Every tablespoon of fat removed reduces the calories by 120 and the fat by 13 grams.
Another way to remove the fat is to use a fat separating pitcher. The spout is at the bottom of the separator and so when the turkey juices are poured into the separator, the fat will rise to the top and the defatted juices in the bottom will pour out of the spout.