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Naughty or Nice? Eating Through the Holidays

We all know the big man in red knows if you have been naughty or nice....but what about your waistline? As we all know, the holidays are full of treats, big meals and often a slightly bigger waistline come the New Year. But how do we avoid gaining weight over the holidays? Do we need to sacrifice celebration dinners, holiday parties or the unendless cookies we encounter? Are we doomed to be heavier in January?

Without having to give up everything and live on the carrots left for the reindeer, there are some simple substitutions that can be made to save fat, calories, and add a bit of added nutrition to our holiday dining. With some simple substitutions, you won’t need that new belt for 2012.....that is unless you wanted one!

Naughty                                                          Nice (save fat, calories)                                          
Baked Brie                                                  Goat Cheese on wheat cracker   

Eggnog                                                       Champagne           
Onion Dip                                                  Hummus           

Pate                                                           Mushroom Crostini         

Prime Rib                                                  Filet Mignon           

Double Stuffed Potatoes                             Roasted Potatoes                                        
Creamed Spinach                                 Sauteed Spinach w/ Garlic 

Cheesecake                                          Gingerbread Cookie         

Hot Chocolate                                       Lite Peppermint Mocha  (Starbucks)            
Fruitcake                                              Poached Pears         

Small food changes can make a big difference in the way you feel too. Think about when you may have eaten too miserable and sluggish you may have felt. By opting for lower fat, lower calorie options, you can still enjoy the holidays and have enough energy to chase the grandkids! Take a walk after dinner, go dancing with friends, or skating if you dare. Plus all that holiday shopping is a great ways to burn calories too.  Enjoy your holidays, celebrations and happy, healthy New Year to all! Oh, and leave the carrots to the reindeer and maybe some fresh fruit for Santa!

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