With the holidays now in full swing - I decided to repost this from last year. Weight gain during the holiday season is a big concern for many people, and understandably so. Between the parties, treats being delivered/brought to work, and family get-togethers - it's hard to resist the temptation of overeating because everything looks and smells so good that you want to try it all! But here are a few helpful tips to help you stay on track!
1. Don't arrive hungry
If you are going to a holiday party and you know the food will be irresistible, eat a healthy snack before you go! This will allow you to still enjoy the food, but in smaller portions!
2. Watch your portions
It's okay to splurge and eat foods you typically don't eat during this time of year because you aren't eating them on a daily basis. Enjoy the foods and beverages, but just don't over do it.
3. Watch the alcohol
Alcoholic drinks have lots of calories, and they add up quickly. Choose a cocktail that is has fewer calories. Clear alcohols with zero-calorie mixers are the way to go!
4. Bring a healthy dish
If you are asked to provide a dish or just feel that you want to contribute something, choose an item that isn't super rich or heavy, like a big salad instead of a casserole that's loaded with heavy cream and cheese. Veggie and fruit trays are always a great go-to. Other people will appreciate the options as well!
5. Don't over eat
When you start feeling full, stop eating. Don't continue to eat until you put yourself in a food coma!
6. Don't take leftovers home
By not having that food sitting in your fridge, you won't be tempted to eat it.
Looking for that holiday treat that is full of flavor, but not full of calories, sugar, and fat? Than this is the recipe for you! I found this recipe on ambitiouskitchen.com and had to try it - the link to the actual recipe is posted below where you can find the nutrition informaiton. This is perfect to take to holiday parties when you think you might want something sweet, but you don't want to completely blow your calories! And more than likely, someone else at the party will apreciate it too!
This was super easy to make, and you probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen!
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour - I used whole wheat
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cloves
pinch of ginger
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed of excess moisture
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips - I used Dark Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.
In a separate large bowl combine pumpkin, zucchini, honey, oil, egg, and vanilla until well combined and smooth. Whisk in almond milk. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips, reserving a few for sprinkling on top. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 10-15 minutes, then remove bread from pan and transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.