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3 Swaps for Healthier Holiday Baking

3 Swaps for Healthier Holiday Baking

The Holidays are in full swing which can be a difficult time for people who are trying to maintain a healthy diet. Try these healthy baking swaps in order to eat, drink, and be merry without any added guilt this Holiday season!

  1. Cut the Fat:

Reduce the total fat in your recipe by cutting the amount of butter or oil in half and replacing it with an equal amount of:

Recipe: Pumpkin Custard

Pumpkin Custard

(recipe courtesy of EatLove)

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 5.8oz
Total Time: 35 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 15 ounces pumpkin, pureed
  • 6 fl ozs coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream (optional)
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger diced

DIRECTIONS:

Recipe: Smokey BBQ Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Smoky BBQ Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

(recipe courtesy of skinnytaste)

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Total Time: 50 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ½ cup unshelled, raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 4 to 5 squirts olive oil spray

DIRECTIONS:

Splurge Wisely Over the Holidays

The holidays come just once a year, but the yummy foods at parties/events and holiday gifts seem to never end. Read how to choose wisely from the foods available in the Q & A interview with Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Michaela Kruse.

Q: Why should we care about eating healthy through the holidays?
A: To avoid the weight gain, weight cycling, setting up bad habits that continue later, etc.

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National Nutrition Month 2015

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The theme for 2015 is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle," which encourages everyone to adopt eating and physical activity plans that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.

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