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Practical tips and tools to master/manage the holidays - 5

How you are doing?

The answers to the quiz from the previous blog are as follows:


Skipping meals is a good idea to conserve calories


A person is more likely to overeat and also to choose unhealthy foods to satisfy the hunger craving. Skipping meals can affect your mood and attitude. Skipping meals also limits the variety of foods. It takes planning to get the needed nutrition that your body needs. Usually, it is easier to get a variety of foods when you eat meals and/or snacks that are spread throughout the day.

These holiday treats are fun to bake, but can really add up in calories because it is difficult to eat just one. ______________________________________


They come out of the oven smelling very delicious and tempting. Eating just one, gives you a 'taste' for another one.

Tip number 5

Create new holiday traditions that focus on family, the season, decorating, instead of focusing on holiday foods.


Share food with a elderly neighbor

Have tree decorating party

Donate gifts to less fortunate family

Have a Christmas carol party

Gather a group of friends to walk the neighborhood to sing Christmas carols

Spend a few hours helping out at a soup kitchen or food bank

Shovel your neighbor's driveway

The best Light Pumpkin Pie

This pumpkin pie saves 151 calories and 12 grams of fat per slice from the traditional version and it tastes identical.

  • 1 cup of ginger snaps

  • 16 oz can pumpkin

  • 1/2 cup egg whites (about 4)

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, cloves)

  • 12 oz can evaporated skim milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grind cookies in a food processor. Lightly spray a 9" glass pan with vegetable cooking spray. Pat the cookie crumbs into the pan evenly. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Pour into the crust and bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Store in refrigerator.

Allow to cool and slice into 8 wedges. Optional: Serve each piece with fat-free whipped cream.

Serves 8. Each slice: 165 calories, 1.5 gram fat, .5 gram saturated fat, 1.5 mg cholesterol, 170 mg sodium, 32 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 6 grams protein. Diabetes exchanges: 2 bread.

Wishing you Best Health,


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