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Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving & Christmas a little healthier

One holiday down and another to go, most people in America either shopped and fought insane amounts of people for "sales" or stayed home to stuffed to move.
For our Thanksgiving we went with a less is more attitude which is cheaper and healthier then the traditional meals.
Roast Turkey - baked in oven bag keeps it moist with out the "extra" sauces and grease poured on top.
Baked broccoli with shredded Parmesan
Baked Sweet Potatoes (whole nothing but maybe a little butter)
home made wheat bread
lettuce salad with healthier toppings

Our lettuce Salad for Thanksgiving was
Romaine lettuce
chopped green onion
chopped fresh broccoli
mandarin oranges
dried cranberries
dried cherries
pecan halves
with homemade Asian dressing

and for dessert sliced Angle food cake (sugar free options available) top with mixed berries and sugar free cool whip.

(the secret to making this a very low sugar is to add in 2 tsp of sugar with the berries the night before you plan to serve this that way the sugar will draw out all the juices from the berries without dumping in cup after cup of sugar plus the juice tastes much better low sugar.)

Walking away from a meal like that does not leave you tired, drowsy or weak. When you drop into a stupor after a huge meal its because of all the fat and calories its not a healthy sign, if you indulge to much you can eat as many as 6,000 calories in just the one meal one slice of pecan pie is 800 calories!! (while its my favorite pie its shelved for the time being)
The fun thing about a Thanksgiving meal like the one above is its more affordable and easier to cook.

I am facing a huge task of trying to lose weight during the holidays however as long as I stay focused and watch what I eat I can eat healthy tasty meals and still lose some pounds.
I encourage all around me to try simplifying their food and lives :).

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