Sunday, December 23, 2012

Main Dish Holiday Dinner Options

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There is nothing more joyful than coming together for a big holiday dinner.  Whether you are celebrating with a big family or just a few friends, it is sure to be filled with good times and lots of food!  While holiday dinners are definitely yummy, they are often high-calorie affairs.  Bon’App is here to help you make healthy choices when it comes to the main dish for your holiday celebration.  

Prime Rib
A classic dinner option is prime rib.  This hearty option may sound fancy, but it is actually quite easy to prepare!  A thick slice of prime rib has 168 calories and 16 grams of protein.  Since it is marbled with fat, this cut of meat is not your leanest option. So be sure to eat this in moderation, especially if you are watching your bad fat intake.
For many people, a juicy ham is part of the Christmas dinner tradition.  Marinated and smoked with a touch of sweetness, HoneyBaked hams provide a popular centerpiece option for holiday dinners.  But if this if your go-to dish, be wary of portion size. The recommended portion size on Bon’App is 3 ounces; however, many packaged hams list serving sizes close to 13 ounces per person! If you are unsure of how much ham to have, just remember that one serving of meat is approximately the size of a deck of playing cards.  Those monitoring salt intake should also note, this holiday ham has quite an impact. Just a single serving contains over 40% of the daily recommendation for salt!   
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian Christmas Eve tradition, consisting of seven (or more!) different courses of seafood.  Even if you are not participating in this feast, fish is an excellent option for a guilt-free holiday dinner.  It is packed with heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and is low in fat.  A 6-ounce serving of salmon contains under 300 calories, and over 40 grams of protein! However, try to stay away from fried seafood; baked fish is certainly your healthiest option!   

Remember, no matter what you choose to eat, be cautious of portion size when dishing up your dinner.  We wish you all a very happy holiday and Bon Appétit!  

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