Are you expecting a season of holiday parties, special treats, being too busy to exercise and feeling extra stress? At our latest tweetchat we talked strategies for powering through those and other Holiday Hangups – health stoppers that can derail our usual habits that help us stay healthy, keep our weight in check, and lower risk for cancer.
I selected three topics we discussed and chose some of my favorite tips from tweetchat participants. Perhaps you’ll find an idea or two to help you stay on the healthy track tomorrow and beyond. The goal: Enjoy the holidays and delicious food AND stay energized and satisfied, but not stuffed.
1. Social gatherings – how do you manage to sneak in some healthy eating?
The one plate rule, especially if I’m at a holiday buffet!
I slim down my [drink] by choosing calorie-free beverages like sparkling water or club soda.
Step away from sights and smells of the buffet table. I spend a mindful moment deciding how hungry I actually am. Continue reading →
If you and your family love apple pie on Thanksgiving, try a healthy new spin on this holiday favorite with our Health-e-Recipe for Square Apple Pie.
The pieces may be square, but we’ve cut corners on calories by using less high-fat pastry and sugar. Instead, our recipe is a lighter treat that’s perfect for following a heavy meal and it’s loaded with fresh apples.
All apples provide cancer-preventive flavonoid phytochemicals and fiber, especially when you leave the peel on. They also contain the antioxidant vitamin C and pectin, a substance that may help lower cholesterol. The best apples for baking are tarts ones like green Granny Smith, Fuji, Cortland, Northern Spy or Winesap.
If you’re inclined to add whipped or ice cream to your pie, why not serve a sugarless, fat-free version or a dollop of low-fat vanilla yogurt, frozen or not.
From vegetarian to vegan, diabetic to gluten-free, is your family’s table one of the many Thanksgiving spreads looking to please special diet restrictions?
These diet restrictions mean you have to make changes to traditional recipes and this may present a lot of “hangups” for both the rookie holiday host and the tenured chef of the family. We can lend a helping hand.
Makeover #1: Stuffing, Gluten free
This staple is usually made with bread, which contains a protein called gluten. People with celiac disease must avoid gluten completely; others may be sensitive to gluten and experience intestinal discomfort. Here are a few suggestions for your gluten-free diners: