At 19 months, my son Julian doesn’t know who Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob is, let alone request the yogurts adorned with their images—but I know that some of my friends who have older kids struggle with this very thing.
I love going all out for the holidays, but what I don’t love is being stuck in the kitchen at my own party. I used to think I had to slave away to be the hostess with the mostest. But the truth is the best parties are the impromptu ones, when you can whip up a few finger foods, shake up some cocktails and mingle with your friends all night long.
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’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.)
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.
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.
Even though I’m not Jewish, I have a soft spot for Jewish cuisine. I learned to love matzo ball soup and knish when I waited tables at a deli in college, but my real Jewish-food obsession is latkes.
I have a not-so-forgiving little black dress to get into for New Year’s Eve. And in between now and then I have a cookie swap and a couple of holiday parties to attend. So, with that dress as my goal, these 10 tips should help me wear it happily.
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.
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.
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.