We definitely want you to have fun this season and we know delicious baked goodies & seasonal beverages come with the territory. Between baking at home with your family, receiving baked goods as gifts, and attending functions with a large selection of deserts & drinks, you’re probably consuming your fair share of bulge inducing delectables. No wonder so many people make weight-loss a part of their New years resolutions!
Here’s how you can modify a bit but still have fun and enjoy the goodies.
If you’re baking, try substituting the following:
* Whole wheat flour, ground oats or almond meal for FLOUR.
* Honey or Stevia for SUGAR.
* Applesauce, mashed banana or coconut oil for BUTTER & OIL.
* Applesauce or flax meal for EGGS.
* Carob chips or dark chocolate chunks for CHOCOLATE CHIPS.
* Greek yogurt for SOUR CREAM.
If you’re attending a party try the following:
* Make the earlier part of the day extra healthy. Have a high fiber breakfast, a vegetable filled lunch and exercise in the afternoon.
* Eat a healthy snack before the party to ease your hunger. We’ve heard a cup of vegetable soup does a great job. Also try fiber filled fruit, string cheese, almonds, 4 oz. Greek yogurt or 1/2 cup of cottage cheese.
* When you get to the party, survey and determine your options before filling your plate. Decide which foods you like best and choose only those – don’t fill up on the others.
* Dish out smaller portions – about 20% less than you think you might want. (How many times have your eyes been bigger than your stomach at a party)?
If you are going to indulge in Holiday Libations, here are lower calorie options:
* Wine spritzer = White or red wine mixed with club soda
* 5 oz. of wine, 12oz. of light beer, or 1.5oz of liquor combined w/ non-calorie mixers = 120 calories each.
* Cranberry crush = Club soda splashed with cranberry cocktail and frozen grapes
* Guiltless hot chocolate = 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder, skim milk, low-cal sweetener, dash of cinnamon & vanilla extract
* Apple tea = Brewed tea sweetened with a splash of apple cider and a cinnamon stick.
Do you have any tricks, tips and strategies for savoring the season without putting on the pounds? We’d love to hear it!