by Victoria Phillips in Healthy Holidays, December 22, 2011
by Toby Amidor in Gluten-Free, Healthy Holidays, Kid-Friendly, Vegan, December 20, 2011
Healthy eating over the holidays can be tough. Finger food and cocktails are overly abundant at every holiday party, and the cold weather certainly doesn’t help the comfort food cravings. But instead of trying to steer clear of all fatty foods, indulge a little. You read that right, indulging is 100 percent okay — it is the holidays after all. Indulging smartly, however, is the key.
Health expert Dr. Dean Ornish has five tips for navigating holiday parties:
- Eat something beforehand. If you don’t eat all day, you may arrive at holiday meals and parties ravenous and lose control.
- Eat the healthier foods first – they will fill you up somewhat, so you’ll be less likely to overeat the more indulgent foods.
- Choose foods that leave evidence – e.g., keep the shrimp tails and chicken wing bones on your plate after you’ve eaten them. Studies show that if you have cues to see how much you’ve eaten, you’ll eat less.
- Eat more slowly. The faster we eat, the more we eat. Sip water between bites. Holiday meals last longer than typical meals. If you wolf down your food, your plate may be clean while others are still eating, which will lead to seconds.
- Close your eyes and savor the food periodically during the meal. You’ll consume fewer calories and experience more pleasure.
For more healthy eating tips from Dr. Ornish, visit his website or follow him on Twitter.
by anichols in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 19, 2011
With family and friends visiting during the holidays, you’re bound to have a few folks who need a special meal. There’s no need to stress, we’ve got you covered with brunch recipes for special diets.
Bake a batch of gluten-free muffins a day or two before your guests arrive so you’ll have something on hand for them to munch on.
Recipe: Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins (above)
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Holidays, December 19, 2011
There are many ways to go about holiday cookie-making without gobs of butter and sugar—really, there are! Here are some ways to indulge sensibly.
For those with children to please, get them involved! Try these adorable classic gingerbread boys and girls (pictured above). Set up a decorating station with frosting, sprinkles and maybe even some gum drops—it’s a fun activity and delicious treat rolled into one.
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Holidays, December 17, 2011
Are you planning to celebrate with this creamy classic this holiday season? Do you buy it in the carton or make your own? Which is the better way to go for this holiday treat?
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 16, 2011
Fried foods are a big part of this holiday of lights. Eight days of latkes and jelly doughnuts can rack up the calories in an unhealthy heartbeat. Here are tips to get you through this year’s Hanukkah festivities.
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 15, 2011
Booze, booze, and more booze. That’s pretty much the theme of most holiday parties. This December, don’t guzzle down hundreds of empty calories. Instead, review these helpful tips before heading out to your next shindig.
The Downside of Too Much
When you’re in a roomful of colleagues, the easiest way to relax is with a few cocktails. I’m sure you’re aware that drinking too much alcohol can lead to calorie overload. Many of us forget that too many cocktails also lead to decreased inhibitions and loss of control. This can result in mindless flirting with your coworkers or losing control of how much you eat.
by Victoria Phillips in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, December 12, 2011
Throwing a holiday party? Don’t stress about your guests’ special dietary needs. We’ve got you covered with healthy recipes for everyone on your invite list.
Everyone will be drooling over this roasted tomato appetizer, including all the non-vegetarians.
Recipe: Crostini with Thyme Roasted Tomatoes
by Katie Cavuto-Boyle in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, December 11, 2011
You can’t always control what others are serving up at holiday parties, but you can control what you eat the rest of the time. Fight the battle of the holiday bulge by portioning out ingredients for meals. Being mindful of what you’re eating at home allows for a little more indulgence when you’re on holiday party number three for the week.
This Kitrics Perfect Portions Digital Scale takes the guesswork out of portion control. Keep track of calories, carbs, sodium and protein with ease—the built-in nutrition facts calculator does all the work for you. You can even save the calorie totals for weekly tracking. So go ahead, get a jump-start on New Years’ resolutions and get your portions in check in the coming year.
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by Michelle Buffardi in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, December 10, 2011
Everyone loves chocolate, right? So what better gift could you give? Homemade chocolate bark is as simple as it gets but it looks elegant and tastes fantastic. The bonus: you can really get creative with your toppings and many go to options are really good for you. Use a really good dark chocolate as the base and try nuts (unsalted are best) which are packed with heart healthy fats and unsweetened, dried fruits which are rich in antioxidants. Here are a few recipes and some of my favorite topping combinations. And you’re not limited to dark or milk chocolate, try Robin’s White Chocolate Bark from day 6 of our 12 Days of Holiday Gifts.
- Give homemade treats, without turning your oven on.
The idea of truffles sounds so very fancy, but the secret is: they’re actually really easy to make (don’t tell the fancy chocolatiers we let the cat out of the bag on that one!). Food Network Kitchen‘s truffle cookies are made with naturally sweet ingredients like dates and honey, instead of the milk and sugar used in traditional truffles. And you can roll them in whatever you like: chopped nuts, cocoa powder, coconut, or a combination for the prettiest presentation. Get the kids to help with these, it’s fun to roll the ingredients up into balls, and tiny helping hands make for fast work.