Keeping the Pounds Off During the Holidays

In general, Americans tend to gain weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Why not start implementing some basic lifestyle changes now, not only to prevent unwanted weight gain, but to potentially lose weight! There’s no need to wait until after New Year’s to make that resolution. You can approach healthy holiday eating from three perspectives: before, during and after your meal.

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Kale Artichoke Dip

So you’ve just received your fourth invitation to a holiday party, and you, of course, want to bring a memorable appetizer to share. There is nothing like a great tasting appetizer that’s also healthy. This one offers great flavor from the artichokes and Parmesan with a kick of spice from the garlic and cayenne (the recipe says it’s optional but I highly suggest adding it!). Blended with the creamy low fat cream cheese and yogurt, this warm low fat dip, which is high in Vitamin A, is sure to be a welcomed addition to the appetizer table at any gathering.

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Holiday Grief

For many who have recently lost a loved one, the thought of the upcoming holiday season is a lot to bear. Remembering past celebrations with your loved one can bring you both happiness and pain, and thinking about what the holidays would have been like if your loved one were here can also be difficult.

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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are to die for, and seriously, they are healthy too! Well, as healthy as a chocolate chip cookie gets! By using half the fat of a traditional chocolate chip cookie and adding low fat yogurt and oats, this version comes in at only 83 calories and 4 grams of fat. They are moist and full of chocolate flavor. Try using a mix of semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips to boost your antioxidants.

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Skinny Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

Looking for something more hearty than a bowl of cereal for breakfast on a chilly fall morning? This make-ahead breakfast casserole is great as a holiday morning treat as well. Whole wheat bread, turkey sausage and egg whites take a traditionally high fat breakfast to one that is guilt free. Add some additional veggies like onions, peppers, broccoli or asparagus to make an even more positive nutritional impact!

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