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5 HEALTHY HOLIDAY SNACK TIPS
You’ve at least gotta make the attempt each holiday season…
We hate diet foods, with their artificial sweeteners and unnatural ingredients. Unfortunately, we’re also not fond of the pounds that seem to sneak up on us each holiday season.
1. Egg Nog-ish.
Egg Nog in front of the fireplace is a holiday ritual at Beekman 1802 Farm. But nog is like a perfect winter storm of both calories and fat. One 8 ounce serving can have more than 400 calories and 20 grams of fat. Our trick? Use half egg nog, and half skim milk. (Even diluting your egg nog with whole milk will save a hundred calories or so.) Add a little extra cinnamon, and you’ll barely notice the difference. (Add enough rum, and you won’t notice anything.)
2. Thin cookies = thin you.
This is really the easiest solution for coping with holiday cookies. When you’re rolling out your gingerbread, or sugar cookie dough, roll it thinner! That’s right. A cookie that is half as thick has half the calories. (Be sure to lessen the cooking time accordingly, though. Thinner dough will cook faster.) Even better: use smaller cookie cutters as well.
3. Popcorn Plus
“Dilute” your holiday treats with popcorn. Instead of settling down for an evening of Holiday Specials with a big bag of holiday candy, pop a huge bowl of popcorn and mix in a portion controlled amount of your favorite candies. You’ll still get your chocolate fix, but hopefully will fill up on popcorn before you over-indulge on candy. Try mixing M&M’s, mini peanut butter cups, or white chocolate chips into your popcorn. (Just go sparingly.)
4. Hot Chococcino
Naked hot chocolate just isn’t fun. But whipped cream and marshmallows can easily double the calorie count of a steaming mug of cocoa. Instead, pull out that milk frother you bought when you thought you were going to make cappuccinos for yourself every morning. Using frothed milk instead of whipped cream seriously cuts into the calorie and fat count. And if you still feel the need something more festive, sprinkle a few red and green sprinkles on top.
5. Pumpkin Pie Cheat.
Pumpkins are rich in Vitamin A and fiber, and low in calories, which makes them one of the healthier holiday food ingredients. However, when baked in a pie…not-so-much health anymore. But pumpkin pie is really more about the flavors than the fat. So we satisfy our pumpkin pie cravings by adding a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin pie filling to a cup of yogurt. When mixed together, with a little added cinnamon, we’re completely satis-pied. (And for those times we’re craving the crust too, we simply crumble a graham cracker cookie on top.)
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