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A Low Calorie Easter Menu

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For many, the center of the Easter celebration is the food! So, how do you enjoy Easter dinner while sticking to your low calorie budget? It may not be as difficult as you think, as long as you are armed with flavorful, easy-to-prepare recipes.

1. Main Dish Items

A popular item which adorns the center of the Easter dinner table is a ham. Do not think that just because you are watching your waistline, you cannot still enjoy an Easter ham! But, do be selective about your choice. Choose extra-lean, weighing in at just over 100 calories and 4 grams of fat per 3-ounce serving. Or, try a less traditional main course such as:
  • Salmon with Citrus-Cilantro Salsa or
  • Honey Glazed Salmon or
  • Oven Fried Chicken
  • 2. Easter Side Dish Items

    The side dish selection may not be as tricky as you would suspect. Perhaps you should stay away from the deviled eggs (unless they are made with fat-free mayonnaise and mustard), and instead focus on fresh, colorful vegetables to brighten your meal. Choose among:

  • Honey Roasted Asparagus or
  • Apple Glazed Carrots or
  • Parsley Mashed Potatoes or
  • Sauteed Green Beans or
  • Spinach Salad with Nectarines and Balsamic Viniagrette or
  • Marinated Tomato Salad or
  • Oven Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Leeks or
  • Strawberry Basil Salad
  • 3. Easter Dessert Items

    Of course, you cannot forget dessert. For an ultra low calorie dessert, take advantage of fresh spring strawberries with low calorie whipped topping, or other fresh fruit selections. If you prefer a more traditional dessert, try:
  • Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake or
  • Frozen Mint Pie or
  • Baked Pears or
  • Milk Chocolate Chip Pudding
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