Survival Guide for the Holiday!

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As I get older, I think I am becoming more realistic with my dietitian suggestions, ha!   I think we all know what not to do to gain 10 pounds over the holidays. I feel like it is one day and just enjoy the day! But as December comes upon us, it can be filled with work, friends and family parties – we can go into party overload!

Let’s remind ourselves that food isn’t the focus of the holiday, it’s a time appreciate those we gather together – friends and family!  

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!h

2. Keep hydrated – This does not mean margaritas and eggnog.  I am just going to say don’t forget water!   

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 many 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!


TIP:  When filling up your plate at any party don’t deprive yourself, just have a little serving.  Try not to let your food touch each other!  This can be a great way to limit the portion size and still have some of that snicker salad, mash potatoes, etc.!


To help make this post not so boring . . .  I thought I would share for a laugh! Oh my gosh! This was my very first TV appearance (7 years ago!)!  It’s pretty bad  . . . but there is one recipe that still stands as a winner!  My Beany Dip!

BTW, I don’t do the tofu anymore or soy milk.

Beany Dip
1 jar Wild Garden traditional hummus
1 jar salsa
1 can black soybeans, drained and rinsed (or black beans)
Mix hummus, salsa and soybeans in a crock-pot.   Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours or on HIGH for 2 hours. Stir and serve with tortilla chips

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