Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is truly in full swing. Preventing weight gain over the holiday season is challenging when there’s a food blitz everywhere. Here’s a few tips to help you get a handle on the holiday food and prevent weight gain:
Use an online tracker or wearable device: Keep track of food intake and your daily activity. Studies suggest that tracking what you do each day helps to keep you mindful of what you eat.
Set Limits Around Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages are empty calories and often stimulate appetite. Alcohol also reduces self-control. This can be problematic at parties where alcohol and food are served. Develop a strategy to keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum.
Makeover High Calorie Recipes: If you have calorie-rich traditional recipes to prepare, consider using alternative ingredients or techniques that help lighten the load. Substitute whole milk for heavy cream, and use less butter or sugar. Many times a recipe can withstand a reduction in sugar, butter, or heavy cream by 30-50%.
Keep on Weighing yourself: Step on the scale at least once a week. A recent study found that people who weighed themselves frequently lost more weight over a six month period than those who seldom weighed themselves.
Get Adequate Sleep and Manage Your Stress: The holidays are a stressful time for many people. Lack of sleep adds to the stress. Make sure you get adequate sleep, maintain regular physical activity, and keep your time-management realistic for a more stress-free holiday season.
August is American Adventures Month. The United States of America is a diverse country with lakes, deserts, plains, mountains, canyons and land yet undeveloped. There is so much to see and appreciate but what happens when you can’t take an adventure right now?
Your entire family can embark on an American Adventure by celebrating our diverse cuisine. Use the healthy recipes below to create an American Adventure feast!
Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? We all love ice cream, right? Unfortunately, ice cream is filled with fat and sugar and isn’t a healthy option for most of us. Despite all this we still want to eat ice cream when the temperature tops 80 degrees! Following are some homemade ice cream recipes that are healthier options for ice cream lovers.
Winter felt like it was determined to hang on and on this year and even Southern Californians were still shivering in May. Now that it’s June it really feels like summer has arrived. It’s hot, hot, hot! Cooking can be such a chore in the summer even if you really like to cook. Following are some of our favorite healthy summer recipes that will beat the heat!
An avocado is a berry with a large pit and grows on a tree also called avocado. Avocados grow in Mediterranean climates around the world. The nutritional advantages of avocados are numerous including good fats, Vitamins A, C, D, K and E, folate and potassium. They are incredibly versatile and easy to include in your diet. Following are some of our favorite avocado recipes!
We love our slow cooker (crockpot) all year round but it holds more appeal over spring and summer. Heating the oven to cook dinner every night just makes us more hot and miserable and we end up running the air conditioner to counteract the heat.
If you use your slow cooker your house will stay cooler and cleanup will be a breeze. Following are some of our favorite warm weather recipes that will keep you cool:
There is something so delicious and uplifting about spring recipes. After a long and dreary winter spring brings back the sun along with a tasty array of fruits and vegetables. Days get longer, the air warms and eating outdoors is a wonderful option. To help you enjoy your spring we have compiled a few websites that offer some of the most wonderful spring recipes.
Everyone has a few recipes that they love but never make because of the fat content. You can reduce fat by using less butter or oil than what the recipes calls for. It is possible to make some common sense reductions or substitutions to salvage your favorite recipes so you can enjoy them without the guilt.
Try these tips to reduce fat in your recipes:
Cheese. Use reduced fat cheese.
Milk. Use low fat or skim milk.
Cream cheese. Use low-fat Neufchatel cheese or low-fat ricotta.
Frosting: Replace butter or shortening with marshmallow cream.
Butter. Use applesauce, egg whites or plain yogurt.
Eggs. Swap each egg for two egg whites or 1/4 cup egg substitute.
Cream. Use a one to one swap with evaporated skim milk.
Sour cream. Use plain or Greek low-fat yogurt.
You’ll need to test these substitutions to make sure that the texture and taste of the finished product is acceptable.
The season in which fresh fruits and vegetables are available vary somewhat based on your location. However, there are some seasonal lists available thanks to our friends from Fruits & Veggies… More Matters(r). Take a look at these lists for more information:
Cranberries are a staple of the holidays but they can be enjoyed year round. Cranberries are a fruit that grows only in specific circumstances. They are grown in bogs or marshes that are kept wet throughout the year. Periodically the bogs/marshes are flooded with water.
Cranberries are packed with nutrition including vitamin C, manganese, dietary fiber and other micronutrients. They are very tart and most often are combined with sugar to make them more palatable.
Below you’ll find some healthy cranberry recipes that you can make with your leftover cranberries from the holiday!