Month: November 2010

Taco Dip–Get it for the holidays!

Taco Dip–Get it for the holidays!

Wow, amazing yummy dip!  Instead of full fat version of layered dips, try this “healthified” dip with avocado, beans, tomatoes and Greek yogurt!   Taco Dip Serves 12. Source: Stacy Mitchell, RD, LD 1 (8oz) container Greek yogurt 1 tbsp taco seasoning 1 can black […]

Restaurant Fake-Out–Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad

Restaurant Fake-Out–Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad

WOW – this is phenomenal!   Instead of chicken for this week add some leftover turkey and make  a simple salad absolutely delicious!   Oriental Dressing Ingredients 3 tbsp honey 1 1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1/4 c. low fat mayonnaise 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1/8 […]

Survival Kit for the Holidays

Survival Kit for the Holidays

As the holiday season comes near, we need to remember the real reason for the season.  Yes, turkey day coming up will be packed with food but it is a time to be thankful for what we have and appreciate those we gather together – friends and family!  Don’t let your food overtake your celebration.  Here are some simple tips to remember to keep you waistline in line. 

 

1.  Before dinner or after dinner  – find an activity for the entire family, whether it is a board game or my favorite Just Dance – fitness and fun!

       – This helps keep you focused on the family instead of munching on food all day long!

 

2.  Keep water with you at all times!  Keep hydrated – majority of the times when we think we are hungry we are really thirsty.  Try some lemon or lime to flavor your water or my fav, True Orange packets.

 

3.  Don’t forget about breakfast!   You may think you need to save up all your calories for the big dinner but don’t go too crazy.  Get in some protein such as an egg or some Greek yogurt for breakfast.  You can still keep it small but this will help satisfy your belly.  You know when you are just ravenously hungry you may even go crazier – that sounds like trouble during the holiday season! 

 

4.  Compromise!  If your favorite item on the table is stuffing then skip the mashed potatoes – just another carbohydrate.  Or if you are like me I may go light on the starches (mashed potatoes, stuffing, bread, or sweet potatoes) and save up for some pumpkin pie!

 

5.  Super foods for a super holiday!  You may be surprised but there are actually some great super foods at your Thanksgiving dinner such as sweet potatoes, cranberries and even pumpkin!  We know these foods can also be calorie-laden, so watch out!  Go for sweet potatoes with out all the sugar (or at least minimize it).  Go for real cranberries, not the jellied kind.  Go for pumpkin pie over cherry or apple.  A serving of pumpkin provides you with more than 100% of your daily vitamin A and at least 3 grams of fiber!

 

Enjoy your turkey day!

Favorite Friday Product–Crispy Jalapenos

Favorite Friday Product–Crispy Jalapenos

  These little jalapenos put the WOW in your salad!  Nutritional wise there is nothing too spectacular about the jalapenos but nothing too horrible either.  It is what you add them to that gives you all the nutritional value – your dark leafy greens!  Salads […]

Coo Coo for Coconut Milk – Drink to your health!

Coo Coo for Coconut Milk – Drink to your health!

I previously blogged about coconut water now you may be hearing more about coconut milk.  First what is the difference? Coconut milk comes from the mature bulk part of the coconut that has a sweet, white consistency.  It is rich in oil and sugar. The […]

Favorite Friday Product–Plocky’s Tortilla Chips

Favorite Friday Product–Plocky’s Tortilla Chips

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One of the best tortilla chips EVER!  There are a variety of flavors including, black beans ‘n rice, red beans ‘n rice, three grain tortilla, sun dried tomato and more.  A chip made with whole grains and even made with beans!  Just pure goodness!  My favorite flavor are the black bean ‘n rice and red beans ’n rice.  Pair it up with your favorite salsa and there is a snack made in heaven.

 

I also like to put a serving on a plate, sprinkle a little shredded cheese and throw it in the microwave!  A  perfect combination with a little bit of protein and carbohydrate.

 

A great chip to introduce at your holiday party!

Start!  Walking and Eating Healthy

Start! Walking and Eating Healthy

So we missed the boat on National Eat Healthy Day from the American Heart Association last week, on November 3rd but that doesn’t mean we can start it today.    The American Heart Association has some great resources to also join their Start! walking program.   A […]