Dreaming of a healthier Christmas
Alternative Noche Buena recipes for the health-conscious.
By Val Calma
DECEMBER 2011-JANUARY 2012
For almost every Filipino, there is no other meal so anticipated with excitement than the Noche Buena or the Christmas Eve meal.
While we can’t resist all the traditional sugared hams, lechon, fried chicken, lumpia, and pancit, as well as the endless array of pastries and sweets laid out on the family table for Noche Buena, we should remember that a lot of our traditional Christmas fare can be unhealthy and fattening. This holds especially true for those of us who like to help ourselves to two or three plates.
Nevertheless, since it is Christmas and a time to enjoy ourselves with family and friends, there’s really no need to starve ourselves. Instead, including healthier dishes in the menu or creating a less fatty, more nutritious alternative menu might keep you from piling on the pounds or from feeling too bloated after your Noche Buena.
To help you create a leaner holiday meal, here are wholesome and delicious dishes that are perfect for a Merry Christmas meal!