Slim & Trim: Holiday Recipe Makeover

Dietician Danette Allen shares four recipes that will help us trim back and slim up.



1 15 oz can artichoke hearts rinsed and drained

3/4 c. cannellini beans rinsed and drained

1/4 c. chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained well

2 tblsp. grated parmesan cheese

2 tbsp. reduced fat sour cream

2 tbsp. part skim ricoota

1/2 tsp olive oil

1/8 tsp. garlic powder


Heat oven to 350 deg. combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse to a rough puree
spread in a shallow 8 inch serving dish and bake until bubbling (about 30 minutes). Serve with warm pita chips or whole wheat crackers

Nurtition Facts/Serving:

68 calories

9 g. carbohydrate

2 g. fat



1 pound green beans, trimmed

1 Tbsp. prepared green-olive tapanade

1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest

2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 c. sliced almonds, toasted


Steam green beans approx 8 min.

In a bowl whisk together the tapanade, lemon zest and juice.

Place green beans in a bowl, drizzle the tapanade mixture over them and scatter almonds on top.

Nutrition Facts/Serving:

72 calories

6 g. carbohydrate

5 g. fat



1/2 c. unsweetened dark cocoa powder

1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce

3 egg whites

1 c. sugar

1 tsp. fine sea salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. instant coffee granules (optional)

1/2c. white whole wheat pastry flour


Mix all dry ingredients then add applesauce and egg whites ad fold into dry mixture. Put in 8 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 min.

Nutrition Facts/Serving:

99 calories

23 g. carbohydrate

0.5 g. fat

Danette Allen is the owner of Action Personal Training in Salt Lake City. She has been a dietician and fitness professional for the past 11 years. Danette has a huge passion for health and speaks to local and national groups about ways to feel your best. For more information about her personal training services or fitness retreats, visit

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