November 25, 2016

Skinny Recipe: Cranberry Apple Pie

Closeup of homemade apple cranberry pie

The holiday season is finally here, and that means it’s time for all those delicious desserts. This Cranberry Apple Pie is the perfect pie to usher in the holiday season. The red cranberries add a twist of color and flavor to a classic apple pie. This is sure to be a favorite for any holiday party you host.
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November 23, 2016

Tips for Staying on a Healthy Track through the Holiday Season

Christmas food backdround. Fruits, spices and cookies

The holidays have a way of sneaking up on you, don’t they? You may have some baking planned, and also some fancy meals in the works. Using these eight tips as a guide, sit down and write up a quick strategy to surviving the holidays with healthy meals, exercise, downtime, and a good night’s sleep.
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November 16, 2016

Celebrate Fast Food Day with Healthy Choices

I recently discovered that fast food has its very own day – November 16! While fast food often gets a bad rap for being high in calories and fat, a couple of recent studies found it doesn’t stack up so badly compared to other dining spots. In a study out just last month comparing fast-casual restaurants like Chipotle and Jason’s Deli to fast-food ones like McDonald’s and Taco Bell, researchers reported that fast-casual entrées averaged significantly more calories than fast-food entrées (760 vs. 561 calories). And a 2015 study showed that calories, fat, saturated fat and sodium intakes were similar for both fast food and full-service restaurants but both were higher than meals eaten at home.

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November 9, 2016

Get a Head Start on New Year’s Resolutions: ID’ing the Real Problem is Key

Even though the holiday season is just getting underway, it’s not too early to begin making New Year’s resolutions.  That’s because setting effective nutrition and exercise goals is a process that takes time and careful consideration. Sometimes when resolutions fall short, it’s not due to a lack of determination, but a failure to identify the real problem and, therefore, an appropriate solution.

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November 2, 2016

3 Ways to Beat Fall Weight Gain

November is here and that means fall is in full swing with winter not too far behind. You know what that means? The start of hibernation season. Shorter days, cooler temps, and the abundance of food-related events (think football tailgating parties and the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s) leads to increased calorie intake and less exercise to offset it.

While most people have heard about the average five-pound weight gain during the holidays, research shows the average is actually only about one pound. The problem? That pound doesn’t get lost and over time adds up. That means we all need some tools to stay healthy and keep the weight off during these colder months leading into the holiday season.
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