6-Course Healthy Noche Buena
Christmas is just around the corner. Everybody knows that it’s the time where really good food and your favorites are served that isn’t necessarily healthy. As the elder would say, “putok batok” because of excess oil, fat, calories, and sugar you’ll be consuming during the holidays. But while you’re exercising and losing weight, here’s a healthy noche buena plan for you!
1. Lumpiang Ubod
The Filipino lumpia comes in many forms, lumpiang ubod is an example. This fresh variant, strips of palm heart are sauteed with shrimp and pork, rolled in crepe-like wrappers made with cornstarch and eggs. It is doused with a sweet sauce infused with peanuts and garlic.
Kare-kare is a stew with thick savory peanut sauce. Made from stewed pork and beef parts, it can also be made with seafood (prawns, squid, and mussels) or vegetables. It’s not super healthy, but add more vegetables and lessen the meat to make it somewhat healthy.
3. Arroz Valenciana
Arroz Valenciana is a dish is often served on special occasions; it is made with rice, chicken, sausages, bell peppers, green peas, coconut milk and spices for a truly festive meal. You can even add rice accompanied with shrimps, mussels and salmon.
4. Rellenong Bangus
On top of the delicious taste and unique process, the savory flavor is made with raisins, sweet minced pickle and carrots to achieve great tasting Relleno.
Not necessarily another healthy option, but pork, beef, or chicken that is grilled is the best and healthiest way to cook food. Just don’t add the pork fat at the end of the stick and you’re all good and healthy to go.
6. Fruit Platter
Last but not the least, dessert! Instead of going for the creamy and sugar loaded fruit salads, take away the dairy and serve fresh fruits at the table. The fresh juice and natural sugar content will cleanse your palate.