With all the excitement of the holidays, exercise usually gets crossed off the list. Instead of being naughty with your regimen, try these expert tips for staying on track.
Our bodies operate best when they have proper fuel to run on. It’s one of the reasons eating breakfast is so important. Starting your day on a full tank gives you energy to burn and gets your metabolism running. The key, however, is to put in the right fuel — premium fuel. Let’s just go with this car analogy, OK?
I vote we skip the store-bought cartons this holiday season and enjoy eggnog the old-fashioned way: with real eggs, milk and freshly ground spices. The perfect blend of sweet and spicy silkiness, this eggnog contains just six ingredients (seven if you’re adding booze). Comparatively, most commercial brands contain a long list of additives designed to thicken the eggnog and extend its shelf life, which are unnecessary when producing a homemade version.
Not only does this lighter eggnog contain half the calorie count of its traditional counterpart, but it can be livened up — think pumpkin, chai and gingerbread varieties. Containing less cholesterol and saturated fat, this eggnog is made with honey and a single egg. Enjoy a thick, silky texture, all while keeping fat levels down.
Craft beer clarity
Pretty soon, when you order a craft beer at a chain restaurant or brewpub, you’ll know a lot more about its nutritional value and calorie count than you do now. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed new regulations that would require craft breweries to list nutritional information on the beers offered at chain eateries, specifying a December 2016 deadline. Although the new rules may be costly for small brewers to implement, many have embraced the move toward greater transparency, ABC15, in Arizona, reports. “Craft brewers would love ingredients to be listed as well … because that’s really what separates us as ‘craft,’” Mike Lawinski, owner of Fate Brewing Company, in Boulder, Colo., told the station, “and a lot of the bigger breweries are using GMO ingredients and high-fructose ingredients.” Read more
With all the pressures of the holidays, the last thing you need is a complicated brunch plan. These three dishes give you options from make-ahead to 10 minutes or less — without sacrificing flavor or healthy choices. Prep the quinoa squares or muffins the night before, then bake before brunch, or make breakfast nachos on the fly.
A holiday meal is a true marathon, with one mouthwatering dish after the next — and you won’t want to miss a single one. This year, avoid the mistake of overexerting yourself in the earlier rounds so that you’re out of the running by the time that luscious fruit pie or chocolate cake hits the table. Read more
Because I grew up in Korea, making fudge was not a family holiday tradition. However, I quickly learned from my friends that homemade fudge makes for a delicious and thoughtful gift. Traditionally, fudge consists of copious amounts of butter, milk, refined sugar and other flavoring agents, not to mention that the ingredients need to be boiled together in a pot. Now, what if I told you there’s a much easier and healthier way to prepare this delightful treat without sacrificing the rich and silky-smooth texture? Read more
Instead of filling up stockings with junk and trinkets, aim for gifts that are fun, delicious, and have a health and fitness focus. Read more
If the thought of cooking a whole turkey for Christmas dinner scares you, consider roasting just a turkey breast. With its smaller size, cooking takes half the time, and it requires less room in your fridge and oven — a dream come true! You don’t have to worry about sumo wrestling it into submission or trussing, either. Carving it is a cinch. Marinating the turkey in fresh orange juice produces a juicy interior and crackly brown exterior with a delicately orange-infused, slightly sweet taste. The acidity of the citrus perks up the taste, while reducing the need for added salt. Cooking turkey with the bone in results in a juicier, more flavorful roast.
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