5 holiday calorie shockers (and what to eat instead)

Submitted by admin on Mon, 12/14/2009 - 13:38

’Tis the season of eggnog, Christmas cookies and decadent holiday drinks from Starbucks—at least in my house. ’Tis also the season when Americans put on half of our annual weight gain—two pounds a year—so give or take a pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. (Find out my secrets to putting off the holiday pudge here.)

Chocolate milk is "soda in drag"? Puh-lease!

Submitted by admin on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 11:19

The other night on my drive home, I heard something on National Public Radio that really got under my skin. Some schools across the country are outlawing flavored milk. And crusading for the cause is Ann Cooper, who I must admit, I generally respect as a school-lunch-reform maven: she called chocolate milk "soda in drag." Cooper, Nutrition Services Director for Boulder Valley School District, has outlawed flavored milk from her district, just one of many other schools to do so.

Yummy homemade gifts that won’t blow your budget

Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/10/2009 - 10:00

I have a tight budget for Christmas this year, but my gift giving isn’t going to suffer. All it takes is little creativity to put together some holiday gifts from the kitchen. This way, I can get into the spirit of giving by delivering healthy homemade gifts that everyone appreciates without worrying too much about blowing my budget.

What's your favorite holiday cookie? 10 new 100-calorie favorites

Submitted by admin on Fri, 12/04/2009 - 11:58

I live by the “everything in moderation” mantra, but something about the holidays makes me want to throw that out the window. It’s all those cookies—they’re my downfall!

I love holiday cookies so much that a few years ago, I invited some girlfriends over for a holiday cookie exchange and asked everyone to bring a platter of cookies to share. Not to be outdone, each guest showed up with a stunning platter of prize-worthy holiday cookies.

350-Calorie Dinners to Put The Brakes on Holiday Weight Gain

Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 09:26

With Christmas just a few weeks away and lots of parties on the calendar, I need to do something RIGHT NOW to keep my calories in check so I don’t have to spend the beginning of the new year on a treadmill 24/7. I’m not going to starve myself, but I am going to work some quick and easy low-calorie dinners into my menu to help combat holiday weight gain.

Add this ingredient to your lunch to help you shed pounds

Submitted by admin on Tue, 12/01/2009 - 09:51

My husband and I are fairly active people, but we’re always looking for more ways to shed a few pounds. (Who isn’t, right?) So when I read that adding more fiber to your diet can help you lose weight, I started to think about where I could sneak in some extra fiber during the day.

Fiber at breakfast and dinner is something we already get a healthy amount of, so lunch seemed like a good place to experiment with new ideas.