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.

Dessert:
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

Cold Appetizer:
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.

Speaking of treats, look at all the ones that were at work Friday
This picture doesn’t include the Christmas cookies and the chocolate chip cookies either!
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I split a cupcake with my friend 🙂 It was an apple cinnamon cupcake and it was very good.
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On Friday I ate my breakfast on my way to work. I woke up so hungry!  I made brown sugar coconut protein oatmeal.  It was very tasty!
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In the mix:
1 packet low sugar brown sugar oatmeal
liquid egg whites
Topping:
pecans, maple granola (just a small handful, prob a bout 1 tbsp), and crunchy  peanut butter
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veggies and humus with a Steaz 🙂
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A blueberry Luna Bar was my afternoon snack.
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I went straight to the gym after work. I worked on Back and Shoulders.  You can look back at any of my exercises on my fitness page because my workout was pretty similar.  I did throw in some extra abs too.
ABS:
Elbow Plank-  Hold for 45 seconds
Side plank- Touch elbow to knee- ten times
Repeat sequence 3 times
Elliptical for 15 minutes
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I didn’t have Thai peanut sauce so I made my own and it came out a little thicker than I had hoped. But it still tasted good.
I also used broccoli slaw instead of coleslaw.
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For the 24 Days of Togetherness we picked “watch a Christmas movie” so the plan was to watch Elf.
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But the CD was scratched 😦  So we watched Home Alone.  One of my other favorites!  So classic.
Alec wanted popcorn for the movie so we made some from scratch!  If that’s possible with popcorn  🙂
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We melted butter and used white cheddar for seasoning!
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It was a good night!
Be looking for a MAD HECTIC oatmeal free GIVEAWAY next week!  This protein oatmeal is to die for!
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What is your favorite Christmas movie!?
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