Holiday Tips to Avoid Weight Gain

Winter Break is almost upon us. Finals are wrapping up and the stress is beginning to melt away as the snow will soon be piling up. Everyone will head home or gather with friends and celebrate the holidays. Which means holiday parties, holiday treats and the worst of the three, holiday weight gain. Between sugary treats and holiday cocktails (if you’re of age of course), your body will be on sugar overload. But that’s why I’m here to help you enjoy the holidays without hating your waist size afterwards.

The Hawaiian Rolls do not make a Hawaiian Beach Body

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I adored Hawaiian rolls at every holiday dinner. This sweet-bread-goodness is amazing but they are carb central and will for sure throw you off your diet goals. Focusing on proteins will help fill you up and make you less roll-hungry so you can be beach body ready come spring.

Besides it’s called a roll for a reason; it’s meant for bread not your belly.

Avoid the Beer and “Mix” it Up

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Avoiding a Santa belly is relatively simple; avoid the beer. If you’re going to enjoy holiday adult beverages, it’s better to avoid beer and go for more hard liquors mixed with either water with a touch of lime or diet mixes. This greatly reduces carb and caloric intake. Essentially it does the job without giving you the belly to deal with. So drink responsibly, and definitely don’t drink and sleigh unless someone else is manning the sleigh.

Chow Down on Fruit

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Your grandma was onto something when she brought fruitcake to family gatherings. There are always fruit trays at every holiday party, so take advantage of that and fill up on a sweet and healthy alternative to dessert. This can also keep you from drifting over to the dessert table.  So get it while you can, especially strawberries. Those are the first to go.

Put a Spin on the Nog

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Eggnog is my jam. Seriously I need it every time December rolls around. But as we all know that liquidy goodness does come at a price….or does it? Thanks to Almond milk; a great and tasty alternative is available.

Ingredients:

  • 6 organic eggs, separated
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup*
  • ¾ cup coconut milk, canned
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ground nutmeg

Instructions:

  1. Beat the egg whites in a large bowl just until stiff.
  2. If you used a stand mixer, remove the egg whites from the stand mixer bowl into a separate bowl. (Otherwise just set aside and use another large bowl for the next steps.)
  3. In a large bowl (either your stand mixer bowl or a different bowl), whisk the egg yolks with the maple syrup until thick and creamy. Slowly add the almond milk as you continue to whisk. Then slowly add the coconut milk, again as you whisk. Whisk until the mixture is smooth, then add the vanilla.
  4. Lastly, gently whisk in the egg whites until your eggnog is nice and smooth.
  5. Pour into 2 quart-sized mason jars, cover tightly, and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight until it’s very cold.
  6. When you’re ready to enjoy, shake up the mason jars well before serving – you could even put your eggnog in the blender and blend for a few seconds to get a nice froth on top.
  7. Top each glass with a little ground nutmeg.

Notes

*You may substitute your favorite natural sweetener, such as honey. However, I’ve found that maple syrup offers the best taste.

It’s yummy, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. It takes around 10 to 15 minutes and bam! Eggnog for days.

Switch the Mashed with the Sweet

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There are 5000 different ways to make mashed potatoes. Garlic mashed potatoes, buttered mashed potatoes, chipotle-mashed potatoes, brown gravy mashed potatoes, if there’s a style, there’s a mashed potato to go with it. But regular potatoes are loaded with starch and aren’t exactly the best for you. Surprisingly though, sweet potatoes are much better for you. I’ve found baking them with a little brown sugar is the best. But there are tons of other recipes online that are delicious and healthy. So ditch the mashed and sweeten things up a bit.

We hope these few tips help you out this holiday season and that your finals go great. Be safe bears, and we hope to see you next year.

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