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12/7/12 11:01 A

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For those of you who didn't see this article on the main page today 4 ways to eat what you want this holiday and not gain weight you should really check it out it has some good ideas

http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=
4_ways_to_eat_what_you_want_during_the
_holidays_without_gaining_weight

The calorie chart on the bottom really helps illustrate how fast calories can add up 4 1" cheese cubes and 5 crackers is equal to 360 calories wow I never would have guessed that so not worth it!

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12/6/12 11:21 A

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Here's a link to 10 Healthy Holiday Superfoods!

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/h
ealthy-eating/superfoods/healthy-holid
ay-superfoods/

For those who don't want to read the whole thing here's the list

turkey
sweet potatoes
cranberries
pomegranates
Stuffing (altered slightly to contain nuts, dried fruits, carrots, and celery, and low sodium chicken broth instead of butter)
Pumpkins
Pecans (but not pecan pie which has an enormous amount of calories)
Collard Greens
Nutmeg & Cinnamon
Red Wine

In contrast some of the worst holiday offenders are egg nog, frosted sugar cookies, pecan pie, cheesecake, dips, crab cake & prime rib

and in the middle is mashed potatoes which can find itself on either list depending on how its made, if your in charge of the food avoid tons of butter or heavy cream in your potatoes

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EBERKSHIRE86's Photo EBERKSHIRE86 Posts: 3,886
11/20/12 2:49 P

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This recipe is a low cal version of sweet potato casserole that subs merange topping in place of marshmellows and uses evaporated milk and crushed pineapple it has 196 cal per serving versus the normal 599 in a traditional casserol, enjoy!

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/sweet_
potato_meringue_casserole.html

Also if you haven't already stop and take the holiday calorie quiz here on spark, the answers might suprise you!

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quiz
zes_questions.asp?quizid=38

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11/20/12 10:33 A

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YUMMY!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. - Doug Firebaugh

Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life. - Herbert Otto

Energy and persistence conquer all things. - Benjamin Franklin

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours. - Swedish Proverb


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EBERKSHIRE86's Photo EBERKSHIRE86 Posts: 3,886
11/19/12 12:27 P

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Here's a recipe for a light pumpkin pie from better homes and gardens

http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pies/light-sty
le-pumpkin-pie/?socsrc=bhgpin111712lig
htpumpkinpie&crlt.pid=camp.S0aDJCpE

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EBERKSHIRE86's Photo EBERKSHIRE86 Posts: 3,886
11/13/12 11:58 A

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Holiday food tip- Cauliflower makes a great low cal sub for potatoes you can pretty much use them in any dish you would use potatoes for mashed cauliflower, cauliflower au graten the list is endless or you can do a half and half mix of potatoes and cauliflower!

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11/9/12 10:35 A

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And I'll start us off with the first holiday recipe!

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
6 garlic cloves, separated and peeled
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 tablespoon trans fat-free margarine
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions
In a large stockpot, cover the potatoes with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes thoroughly and return to the stockpot.

In a small saucepan, cover the garlic with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the garlic.

In a food processor or blender, combine the garlic and milk. Puree until smooth. Add the pureed garlic and the margarine to the potatoes. Mash to desired consistency. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

Serves 8
Calories 157 Protein 2 g Carbohydrate 24 g Total fat 5 g

*Side note- I found a recipe this weekend that added carrots into the mashed potatoes and I am definitely going to try that this thursday when I make my potatoes! Adds color and get extra veggies no downside! You just peel your carrots then grate them into the mashed potaotes

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11/9/12 10:26 A

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Here's your first holiday tip from spark 20 ways to keep holiday weight gain at bay!

1. Track your food. If you do nothing else during the holidays, track your food diligently every day.

2. Plan your holiday meals. Pre-track your food for the day. Find places to cut back on calories in order to splurge a little more on your holiday meal.

3. Look up calories before you bite. Use SparkRecipes.com to calculate the nutrition information in your favorite holiday foods so you can add them to your tracker. If you really want to eat a cookie from a co-worker, open your Nutrition Tracker first and decide whether it fits in with your plan

4. Make fitness a priority. Just remember this: Burn it (exercise) to earn it (extra holiday calories).

5. Schedule your workout like an appointment. Add your workouts to your calendar so that other obligations don't get in the way of your gym time.

6. Bring your own food. Heading to a party and don't know what's in the food? Pick a healthy, low-cal recipe that you can bring. And no matter what kind of food is there, you'll have at least one dish you can eat with confidence.

7. Limit alcohol. It lowers inhibitions, making it more likely that you'll forget about your nutrition plan and overindulge. Oh and yes, alcohol does contain calories, so add every drink to your Nutrition Tracker.

8. Re-gift treats and food. Just because they give them does not mean you have to eat them! There are plenty of opportunities to re-gift food gifts over the holidays: bring them to parties, potlucks, and other get-togethers.

9. Bring your food to work. If you feel guilty about re-gifting share it in a communal space like the office café for others to partake of as they choose.

10. Don't make mountains out of molehills. It's easy to go over your calories one day and feel like a failure. But remember that it takes much more than one day of overeating to thwart your progress. Accept your slip-ups, learn from them and move on.

11. Add 10 extra minutes of cardio to your days. Some experts say that adding just 10 minutes of vigorous exercise to your usual workout routine can counter the effects of a little extra holiday eating.

12. Maintain your active lifestyle. Remember that "running" errands isn't the same as running—or exercising. But the more activity you can add to your days (in addition to planned fitness) the better off you'll be.

13. Keep an emergency snack on hand. Stashing some healthy and portable foods in your car, purse, and desk drawer can help satisfy your cravings and prevent you from going overboard on all the wrong foods

14. Watch your portions. There's nothing wrong with enjoying some once-a-year favorites if you keep your portions in check.

15. Focus on people. At parties and gatherings, enjoy the good conversation and activities instead of hovering around the food table.

16. Drink your water. Keep a cup of water in hand at parties, sip water between bites, and meet your daily quota to help prevent overeating.

17. Wake up with exercise. People who exercise first thing in the morning are more likely to exercise regularly than those who exercise later in the day.

18. Don't act as if it's your only chance to eat. With every food that crosses your path, remind yourself that you'll have plenty of chances later to eat. Forgo the "last supper" mentality. Honor your true feelings of hunger and fullness.

19. Slow down. Savor your food and the experience of eating. You'll eat less, feel more satisfied, and recognize feelings of hunger before it's too late.

20. Keep your eye on the prize. Before you take a bite or hit snooze instead of hitting the gym, remember your goals.


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11/9/12 10:01 A

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Hey Team! As promised here is our holiday survival thread! Come here to share healthy recipes & tips for the holidays. Attached is the link for sparkpeoples healthy holiday survival guide with TONS of tips for holiday cooking, working out and entertaining. For those that do not want to go through it all yourself I'll try to post the highlights from the articles here as the weeks go on so check back frequently for healthy holiday updates!

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutr
ition_articles.asp?id=479

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