Skinny Honey Baked Ham

honey baked ham

I love the flavor of honey-baked ham. It’s usually basted in fruit juices and then glazed with a mixture of brown sugar and honey. To make my version skinnier, I started with a precooked, spiral-cut ham from Trader Joe’s. Happily, it’s uncured which means nitrate-free! In addition, I’m using much less honey and brown sugar for the glaze than a typical honey-baked ham. Although mine’s not nearly as heavily glazed, it still tastes delicious! Each serving has 238 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 6 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 6 Green.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 1 hour


Ingredients

1 Trader Joe’s spiral cut, bone-in ham (about 4 pounds, fully cooked), or your favorite, see shopping tip

¼ cup pineapple juice or apple juice

¼ cup orange juice

2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon orange juice


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Place ham, cut end down, in a large 13 x 9 pan. Throw away the glaze packet, if using the Trader Joe’s ham.

3. In a small bowl, mix together pineapple juice and orange juice. Spoon 2 tablespoons over ham.  Bake ham for 5 minutes. Remove from oven drizzle 2 more tablespoons all over ham. Bake for an additional 5 minutes and spoon the remaining juices over the ham. Remove ham from oven.

4. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, honey, and 1 tablespoon of orange juice.
Spoon mixture all over outside of ham. Place ham back in oven and bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes.

Makes 12 servings (each serving 4 ounces)


Food Facts

Many ham lovers say bone-in hams have a better texture and a superior taste. Just like chicken, a bone-in ham has more flavor because the bone itself imparts flavor into the meat.

With spiral cut hams, the slicing is done on a special cutting machine that spins the ham around while cutting thin slices through to the bone in a continuous spiral.


Shopping Tips

If you have a Trader Joe’s in your area, I highly recommend buying their ham. It’s uncured which means nitrate-free! Although they come with a glaze packet, I’m including my own recipe above. If you want to buy a larger ham, you’ll need to increase the amount of glaze in my recipe.
If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your area, most health food stores sell uncured hams. Or, most supermarkets sell bone-in spiral cut hams (precooked)



WW Freestyle SmartPoints 6-Blue
WW SmartPoints
6-Green
WW POINTS PLUS 
6

SKINNY FACTS: for a 4-ounce serving
238 calories, 5g fat, 3g sat. fat, 13g carbs, 35g protein, 0g fiber, 985mg sodium, 13g sugar

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!