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December 16, 2013

APRONS READY: Survive the holidays; be mindful of what you eat

Tonawanda News — I have made the effort to eat healthy all year, though I have eaten unhealthy snacks and desserts in moderation. Immersed in the holiday season, I’m around all of the wonderful foods that I can only have this time of year. What’s a girl to do?

My goal for the holiday season is to maintain my weight and not reverse the efforts I’ve put in this past year. To do this, I will enjoy small portions of my favorite holiday foods and avoid the breads, buns and potatoes that I can enjoy any time of year. 

Here are some tips on how to maintain your weight during the holidays.

• Keep your table and plate colorful with lots of fruits and vegetables.

• Remember that many appetizers are 100 calories or more per serving. Avoid grazing, it adds up quickly.

• Chew sugar-free gum when you are cooking or baking so you are not tempted to sample.

• Drink plenty of water.

• Be active every chance you get. Take extra steps whenever you can. Go sledding with the kids.

• When at a party or gathering, sit or stand away from the snack table. You’ll eat more mindfully if you have to shuffle through a crowd or leave a conversation to get something.

If you are asked to bring a dish to a holiday gathering, make something delicious and healthy. Others will appreciate the option as well. If you don’t have time to make a dish, bring a basket filled with fresh fruit. This quinoa side dish is easy to make, delicious, and travels well. 

Holiday quinoa

1 cup quinoa prepared according to package directions

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 medium onion diced

1 cup broccoli florets

3 tablespoons dried cranberries

1/4 cup chopped pecans

Salt and pepper to taste

Using a non-stick fry pan, stir fry onion and broccoli florets in olive oil until tender. Mix cooked vegetables with warm quinoa, cranberries and pecans.

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