How to indulge in a holly, jolly (and healthy!) holiday - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

How to indulge in a holly, jolly (and healthy!) holiday

Don't save all your calories for a big meal. Encourage everyone in your family to have a hearty but healthy breakfast consisting of high-fiber foods, such as whole grains and lean protein, along with a similar lunch. (©iStockphoto.com/Lisa Thornberg) Don't save all your calories for a big meal. Encourage everyone in your family to have a hearty but healthy breakfast consisting of high-fiber foods, such as whole grains and lean protein, along with a similar lunch. (©iStockphoto.com/Lisa Thornberg)
  • RecipesMore>>

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Bars with Oreo Cookies, 7/22/14

    Blueberry Cheesecake Bars with Oreo Cookies, 7/22/14

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:12:24 GMT
    Alan BennettYield: 32 servingsIngredients:1 1/4 Quart Oreo Pieces-small, divided6 Tbl. butter, meltedCup Original Cream Cheese, softened2 Cup sugar4 Ea. eggs1 1/4 Cup fresh blueberries1/3 Cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate, meltedDescription:Cheesecake bars made with fresh blueberries and Oreo Cookie Pieces.Preparation Steps:Combine 1 lb. of the Oreo Pieces and butter; press evenly onto bottom of 1 parchment-lined half-sheet pan. Place cream cheese and sugar in large bowl of electric mixer fitt...More >>
    Alan BennettYield: 32 servingsIngredients:1 1/4 Quart Oreo Pieces-small, divided6 Tbl. butter, meltedCup Original Cream Cheese, softened2 Cup sugar4 Ea. eggs1 1/4 Cup fresh blueberries1/3 Cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate, meltedDescription:Cheesecake bars made with fresh blueberries and Oreo Cookie Pieces.Preparation Steps:Combine 1 lb. of the Oreo Pieces and butter; press evenly onto bottom of 1 parchment-lined half-sheet pan. Place cream cheese and sugar in large bowl of electric mixer fitt...More >>
  • Melinda's chocolate peanut butter "dump" cake

    Melinda's chocolate peanut butter "dump" cake

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:20:16 GMT
    From Melinda Mayo, My Chocolate Peanut Butter "Dump" Cake was a hit this morning on Daybreak. I love to cook, but I don't bake a lot, so I bought this new cookbook with easy recipes. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake 1 Pkg (about 15 oz.) chocolate fudge cake mix 1 1/4 cups water... 3 eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter, *warmed divided 1 cup mini peanut butter cups *Microwave peanut butter on LOW (30%) about 2 mins until pourable 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13 x 9...More >>
    From Melinda Mayo, My Chocolate Peanut Butter "Dump" Cake was a hit this morning on Daybreak. I love to cook, but I don't bake a lot, so I bought this new cookbook with easy recipes. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake 1 Pkg (about 15 oz.) chocolate fudge cake mix 1 1/4 cups water... 3 eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter, *warmed divided 1 cup mini peanut butter cups *Microwave peanut butter on LOW (30%) about 2 mins until pourable 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13 x 9...More >>
  • Grilled Jalapeno & Tequila Chimichurri, 7/21/14

    Grilled Jalapeno & Tequila Chimichurri, 7/21/14

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-07-21 14:32:35 GMT
    On the Border2 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil1 cup lime juice¼ cup Agave Nectar3 Garlic cloves½ cup cilantro leaves½ cup diced red onion1 medium sized jalapeno, grilled and de-stemmed1/2 Tbsp Salt (or to taste)¼ cup of 100% Blue Agave Reposado TequilaPut all items in a blender and pulse until all items are incorporatedKeep ½ cup separate for basting after grillingMarinade beef, fish or chicken for 2 hours, discard marinade.Brush meat with reserved marinade after cookingTop with fresh cracked Bla...More >>
    On the Border2 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil1 cup lime juice¼ cup Agave Nectar3 Garlic cloves½ cup cilantro leaves½ cup diced red onion1 medium sized jalapeno, grilled and de-stemmed1/2 Tbsp Salt (or to taste)¼ cup of 100% Blue Agave Reposado TequilaPut all items in a blender and pulse until all items are incorporatedKeep ½ cup separate for basting after grillingMarinade beef, fish or chicken for 2 hours, discard marinade.Brush meat with reserved marinade after cookingTop with fresh cracked Bla...More >>
By Nancy Kalish
 
 
No one wants to begin the new year feeling sluggish and overweight from overindulging during the holidays. And yet, many of us -- our kids included -- repeat this pattern every single year, packing on a few extra pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. "That's a shame because it's possible for everyone to enjoy their favorite treats and eat healthfully even during this season of food, food and more food," says Stefanie Barthmore, a psychotherapist at the Methodist Weight Management Center in Houston. "All it takes is some advance planning and mindfulness." Here's how to prevent your holidays from becoming a feeding frenzy for your entire family. 
 
Rule No. 1: Make a meal map.

Many people feel like food is out of their control from Thanksgiving through the end of the year. But you can take charge by mapping out your meals in advance. "If you know that you'll be eating high-calorie fare one night, counteract it with healthy meals -- focusing on vegetables and lean meats -- on every other day that week," says Barthmore. Write out menus for each breakfast, lunch and dinner, then make a master grocery list and go to the supermarket. That way, you'll have a fridge stocked with good-for-you options that you won't need to think about. 
 
Rule No. 2: Indulge more often.

"My clients often get into what I call a ‘once a year' mentality -- meaning that since they get to eat pecan pie just once a year at Christmas, it's OK to go crazy," says Barthmore. "Of course, if they didn't feel deprived the rest of the year, they wouldn't feel this need," she adds.
 
It's counterintuitive, but Barthmore suggests serving small slices of pecan pie -- or your family's favorite treat -- every once in a while so you're less tempted to demolish the whole pie at holiday time. This is especially important for kids so they develop moderate eating habits instead of getting into a cycle of deprivation and gorging. 
 
Rule No. 3: Don't save all your calories for the big meal.

This common practice often backfires. "You think you'll eat less total this way, but just the opposite happens," says Barthmore. "When you start off ravenous, your body has a much harder time judging the amount you've eaten and signaling your brain when you're full. As a result, you're dooming yourself to overeating on a grand scale." Instead, encourage everyone in your family to have a hearty but healthy breakfast consisting of high-fiber foods, such as whole grains and lean protein, along with a similar lunch so that none of you will be starving when you arrive at your celebration. You'll still have plenty of room to eat your favorite dishes -- but you'll probably eat less of them.
 
Rule No. 4: Leave leftovers for someone else.

Often, a big party is just the beginning of an unhealthy holiday binge. "The leftovers are far more dangerous," says Barthmore. "They're delicious and it doesn't feel right to waste them. So, you continue to eat them for days on end."

Barthmore advises leaving all such goodies at the party or giving them away if the celebration is at your house. Go ahead and bake your famous holiday cookies, she says, but don't keep any of the extras. Can't bring yourself to do this? Reserve enough for one more meal or snack and get rid of the rest. That way, you can prevent one or two indulgences from turning into many.
 
Nancy Kalish has written for many publications, including Parenting, Parents, Real Simple, Reader's Digest, More, Health, Prevention, Self and Fitness. She is the co-author of The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do About It.
 
Copyright (c) 2009 Studio One Networks. All rights reserved. 
*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.