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Healthy Holiday Tips

During the holidays, traditions tend to revolve around social gathering and delicious food. Some research indicates that the average American gains weight during the holidays. A combination of overeating and lack of exercise can quickly contribute to those pesky extra pounds.

With several holidays just around the corner here are some helpful tips to keep the holiday season healthy.

  • Moderation is key! When tempted to taste some of the holiday treats, limit it to one serving. Try to monitor your portion sizes by choosing more low calorie teats and limit your portions of calorie dense foods.
  • Get moving! Staying active helps prevent unwanted weight gain. Try starting new holiday traditions such as going ice skating, taking a family stroll, or playing some football with the kids.
  • Don’t skip meals! Skipping meals can lead to overeating later. So when you’re planning for a holiday party, instead of skipping breakfast or lunch make sure to grab a small meal or snack to help prevent you from feeling overly hungry later on.
  • Lighten up those recipes! Choose low fat or fat free for regular ingredients. Substitute applesauce or pumpkin for oil or butter. Substitute plain, nonfat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream.  

Try this recipe for the holiday season!

Low-Fat Crustless Pumpkin Pie

16 oz canned pumpkin

½ C Egg Beaters®

12 fl oz canned evaporated skim milk

½ C sugar

½ tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp ground cloves

4 squares of graham crackers, crushed

In a medium bowl, mix pumpkin, Egg Beaters, sugar, and spices. Add evaporated milk and mix well. Pour into 9″ pie pan sprayed with nonstick coating.

Bake in 350º F oven for approximately 1 hour. Sprinkle graham crackers over cooled pie. Serves eight.

Per slice: 125 calories, 7 g fat, 25.4 g carbohydrate

Source: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1737,158167-232204,00.html

Enjoy the holidays and try a new healthy recipe to take to your next holiday event! Happy holidays!

For nutritional counseling, Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians. Those interested can schedule an appointment for an assessment with a referral from their family physician.

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