First of all I can’t begin to say how deeply saddened I am by the tragedy in Connecticut yesterday. I started tearing up just reading about those who have lost their lives, especially those little ones. My prayers go out to all the families involved in this horrible disaster.
Friday- Hopefully the start to a wonderful weekend!
I have some great things planned this weekend so I am very excited! I wanted to post a little Healthy swap edition since we are beginning to experience lots of Christmas parties, etc. At work there is always a treat sitting around that a coworker or family has brought it so I know this can be a tempting time in the sweets department.
The holidays can be a challenging time for those who are watching calories or trying not to indulge too much on the sweets. Believe me I know! I really want a cupcake like every other day! You can eat and drink your favorite things still by adding a little spin to save calories and fat. Here are just a few of the options:
Coffee Shop Favorites:
Ditch it: Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with whipped cream (Calories: 410, Fat: 15g per 12-ounce beverage)
Dish it: Pumpkin Spiced Latte made with skim milk, no whipped cream (Calories: 200, Fat: 0g, per 12-ounce beverage)
Why: Seasonal drinks can be very tempting. But without paying attention, your delicious holiday beverage can be equivalent to the calories in a meal with a significant amount of saturated fat from milk and cream. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun! Order a pumpkin spiced latte made with skim milk and skip the whipped cream for a nonfat treat with half the calories.
Non Alcoholic Drink:
Ditch it: Non-alcoholic Eggnog, (Calories: 343, Fat: 19 g per 1-cup serving)
Dish it: Hot chocolate (no sugar added) (Calories: 60, Fat: 1g for one packet)
Why: Don’t gulp down your calories and fat with eggnog. Research shows we don’t register nutrients the same way from beverages than we would from food – so you’ll probably end up eating close to the same amount at holiday dinner even if you’ve had a couple of eggnogs before. Warm up to a prepackaged hot cocoa and add some lite whipped cream (15 cal/2 Tbs) for a treat post meal.
Ditch it: Pecan Pie (Calories: 676, Fat: 40.8 g, Sugar: 39.4g per 129.5g per serving)
Dish it: Pumpkin Pie (Calories: 161, Fat: 4.8g, Sugar: 15.2g per 129.5g per serving)
Why: Pecan pie is loaded with sugar – so take pride in serving pumpkin pie! Not only is it a holiday staple, it’s a relatively healthy dessert to serve when made with low fat evaporated milk. Plus, pumpkin is full of beta carotene – an antioxidant that promotes eye health and can help fight against heart disease and certain cancers
Ditch it: Cheese & crackers (Calories: 306, Fat: 16g per (2 ounce & 5 cracker serving))
Dish it: Shrimp cocktail (Calories: 51, Fat: 0.4 g per 5 medium-sized shrimp with cocktail sauce)
Why: Cheese may be a great source of protein and calcium but the saturated fat content really adds up. Instead, choose a virtually non-fat shrimp cocktail for a light and decadent appetizer.