Navigate the Holidays: Pie Makeover

I love pie…especially pumpkin.  But, we need every calorie cut over the holiday to minimize weight gain but still enjoy the holiday food.  Here is South Beach’s healthy makeover on holiday pies.  The link is below.

For the crust: Replace refined white flour with whole-wheat flour, white whole-wheat flour, or nut flour (made from ground almonds, pecans, and/or walnuts, for example). Feel free to combine some old-fashioned rolled oats with the flour to give the crust more texture. You can also use whole-wheat phyllo dough for a lighter crust. Be sure to limit any pie you make to one crust though. 

For the filling: Take advantage of the fall season’s freshest produce and fill your pie with apples, pears, quince, or pumpkin, or use canned pumpkin purée or frozen fruits of your choice. For other pie-filling ideas, enjoy no-sugar-added natural peanut butter, nonfat or low-fat artificially sweetened flavored yogurt (such as raspberry or strawberry), or sugar-free pudding. Be sure to use granular sugar substitute (or agave nectar for a natural sweetener) and use fat-free half-and-half instead of heavy cream and trans-fat-free margarine (vegetable-oil spread) or canola oil rather than butter. You can also use no-sugar-added chocolate powder and unsweetened cocoa powder, but remember to count them toward your daily Sweet Treat allowance of 75 to 100 calories. Among the traditional pie flavorings, we recommend pure vanilla or almond extract, ground cinnamon, allspice, ground ginger, freshly grated nutmeg, and ground cloves.

For the topping: Rather than using a second crust, there are many delicious ways to top your cooked pie. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Lemon or lime zest
  • Dark-chocolate shavings
  • Sugar-free maple or chocolate syrup
  • Bittersweet dark or semisweet dark chocolate chips
  • Pecans, slivered almonds, or walnuts
  • Light or fat-free whipped topping

Link: http://www.southbeachdiet.com/sbd/publicsite/healthy-holiday-pie-makeovers.aspx?xid=nl_TheSouthBeachDietTMNewsletter_20101119

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7 Upgrades for the New Year

I was just reading this on my own but thought it would be helpul here too.  It’s from Men’s Health and they also mention another fav of mine, Mary Hunt of Debt Proof Living.  Here are MH’s 7 upgrades for the new year:

  1. Go back to the gym (or wherever you work out)
  2. Manage your money (go to debtproofliving.com)
  3. Declutter (trash, donate, sell – just get rid of it if  you haven’t used it in 3 months)
  4. Experiment with spices (and update your rack – spices are good for only about 6 months)
  5. Help out with kids (your own or in the community – be a role model)
  6. Donate to charities
  7. Drink some champagne – it’s recession cheap along with most wines!

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I’m backkk!

January 3, 2010

Hello,

I’m back.  I haven’t posted recently as I went to family’s for Xmas and New Years and they have no internet.  Hell, we were lucky we had hydro with how much snow and ice was one the trees.

My grandmother also passed away on Dec. 13.  Right in the middle of exams.  So now I am finishing up my last 4 exams this coming week, starting a new set of classes, and returning to work.  Whew! 

I did gain a few pounds over the holidays.  I did drnk a bit (but luckily my family is dry so it wasn’t such an issue).  I did eat to my heart’s content.  I could still have more turkey.  I did try to get in a 15min run every day, and did do lower body (lunges, squats) and upper body (pushups, 15 down to 1) and ab work from the Dummy video.  So interested to see if I kept up or increased the muscle mass. 

I found my love of running again, and hope to keep that up with my schedule this semester!

NOW TO LOSE THOSE FEW POUNDS AND MORE.  MAYBE 15lbs MORE TO GO?!

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Navigate the Holidays: Eat this, Not that!

Play a little game with holiday food – Eat this, Not that – to avoid the holiday weight gain!

To play, click here!

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Navigate the Holidays: How to Work Around Holiday Festivities

Budget your calories.  If you are hitting up a party or dinner later on, halve your portions the day of the party.  You can slice 300-500 calories off your daily diet and use those at the party.

Stick to the veggie platters.  ***Choose veggies over fruit when possible too.

Stick to protein platters – meat, lettuce wraps, shrimp…avoid the desserts, pastries.  Too many carbs!

Indulge in one vice – if you drink alcohol, no food.  If you want the food, avoid alcohol.

Talk more than eat.  If you are at a party, do more talking and socializing than eating.  If you are at a dinner table, take a bite, strike up a conversation, take a bite and so on.  Also, put your fork down between bites.  This forces you to chew and to wait and to enjoy your food (and company!).

Shrink your plate.  Eat off of a 20 inch dinner plate rather than a 22 inch.   You can elimiate 22% of calories and 18 pounds a year.

Switch your cheat day.  If your cheat day is Sunday, party is Thursday, move the cheat day to Thursday.

Get back on the horse.  If you splurge one night, get back on the diet and exercise horse the next day.l

Burn it off!

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Navigate The Holidays: Navigate the Dinner

  1. If you have to have a drink, chose red wine.
  2. Chose white meat over dark, and no skin!
  3. Keep gravy to a tablespoon or 2.
  4. Chose regular bread stuffing over corn bread.
  5. Nix the cranberry sauce – lots if sugar.
  6. Eat sweet potatoes baked rather than in casseroles.
  7. If you’re going to have pie choose pumpkin.

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