Look Mom! No Hams!
I learned to ride a bike without training wheels when I was four years old. I had a black bike with chopper handle bars and an orange banana seat. No, I didn’t put baseball cards in the spokes, but I did have red reflectors. Growing up in South Louisiana, the weather was warm year round and I rode almost every day and became pretty good. However, I couldn’t ride without my hands until I got a new, 20-inch BMX bike for Christmas when I was seven. The low, flat handle bars made balancing easier and my tricks became trickier until I could turn without using my hands! Of course, I had to show my mom and was doing well until I fell off my bike and scraped my knees on the concrete. Being a good mom in 1976 meant she ran for the Bactene (alcohol based), which she squirted on my bloody knees and that felt great, let me tell you. In short, trying to impress your mom can be painful and unnecessary. She’s going to love you anyway, right? So, there’s no need to cook a ham and creamed green beans for the family holiday meal, just because that is what your mom always did. If you want try something new for the holidays may I recommend:
Roasted turkey without the skin
Dressing made with less bread and more onions, garlic, celery or other vegetables. Apples and cranberries add flavor without fat and low-fat broth can moisten the dressing.
Green bean casserole can be made with chunks of potatoes and topped with almonds instead of fried onions.
Mashed potatoes taste great with skim milk, and garlic powder or parmesan cheese instead of whole milk and butter.
Gravy’s fat count drops considerably if you refrigerate it and skim the fat off the top.
Egg nog can be tasty and good for you! Blend four bananas, 1 ½ cups of skim milk, 1 ½ cups of plain, nonfat yogurt, ¼ teaspoon of rum extract or vanilla and top with ground nutmeg.
Desserts don’t have to destroy the hard work you put in at the gym. Make a crustless pumpkin pie. Substitute two egg whites for each whole egg in recipes. Use evaporated skim milk instead of heavy cream. Top your cakes with powdered sugar or fruit instead of frosting.
Now go tell your mom you love her.