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November 26, 2012

Making a happy, healthy holiday dinner

‘Jolly without the jiggle’



Healthy holiday recipes

The following two recipes have been modified to contain less calories, carbohydrates and fat than their original version:

Pretzel Salad

    1 cup crushed pretzels

    1 cup broken pecans

    1 stick unsalted light butter

    3 TBSP Splenda granules

    1-8oz. pkg. 1/3 Fat Cream Cheese

    8 oz. Cool Whip Free                      

    1 lg. box  Sugar Free Strawberry Jello

    2 cups boiling water                        

    1 - 16 oz. bag Frozen Strawberries (do not thaw)

    1/3 cup Powdered Sugar + 1/3 cup Splenda granules

    1 – 8 oz. can drained/crushed Pineapple in own juice

Melt butter, mix in pretzels, Splenda, and pecans. Pat into a 9x13 pan. Bake 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees and cool. Mix cream cheese, Cool Whip, and powdered sugar/Splenda mix until creamy.  Spread onto pretzel mix and refrigerate 30 minutes. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water – add frozen, sliced strawberries until gelatin thickens. Add drained pineapple. Pour over cheese mixture and refrigerate. Serves 12.

Per Serving: Calories – 260; Carbohydrate – 26 gm; Fat – 16 gm.

Cream Cheese Cupcakes

    3 – 8 oz.  pkg. Neufchatel (Lite) Cream Cheese

    5 Eggs

    1/2 tsp. vanilla

    1 cup Splenda Granular

    Cooking Spray


Preheat oven to 300. Soften cream cheese, mix until smooth.  Add vanilla. Gradually add Splenda, then add 1 egg at a time, mixing well. Beat until fluffy. Grease cupcake tins with cooking spray, pour into cupcake tins, approx. 1/2 full. Bake for 40 minutes.


1 cup lite sour cream

4 Tbsp. Splenda granular

1 tsp. vanilla

 Mix all topping ingredients together.  After cupcakes have been removed from oven and cooled for 2-3 minutes, put 1 tsp. of topping in the center of cupcake and spread gently. If desired add a dab of preserves or lite pie filling. Bake again for 5 minutes. Refrigerate.  

Calories — 115; Carbs. — 5 gm; Fat — 9 gm;  (with preserves)

Calories — 108; Carbs. — 3 gm; Fat — 9 gm (without preserves)

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