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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!

Control Your Holiday Eating

I just came back from yet another holiday lunch feeling stuffed and a little guilty for overindulging. Oh, the joys of the holiday season. Cupcakes and cookies are in the office, invitations for holiday meals are streaming in, and the pressure is on to make the famous family fudge. So just how do we get through the holidays without gaining as much weight as Santa Clause?

First, don't make unrealistic goals for yourself or your family. Completely depriving yourself or your kids of holiday goodies won't make for a happy holiday. It's okay to have some of those favorite holiday treats. Just try not to go overboard! But if you do happen to have more than your fair share, pick yourself up and do better for the next meal or snack. At mealtime, this means filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables and filling in the rest with lean protein and whole grains. If you've already had enough treats for the day but you know you have some lingering at home, try putting the healthy snacks in sight so you and the family will be more likely to reach for something healthy, instead of setting out the plate of goodies that are loaded with calories.

Plus, make time to be active! Physical activity helps boost your energy levels, release emotional stress, and promote better quality sleep. Get your family or friends to be active with you. Try ice skating, snow skiing, walking, swimming or whatever activity you like. Make an activity plan, highlighting the activities and days of the week you'll engage in exercise. Remember, those with a plan are more likely to stick to that plan!

Christmas Morning Orange Cranberry Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup sugar

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 medium orange

2 teaspoons margarine, melted

¼ cup egg substitute

1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Grate the zest from the orange and set aside. Cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice into a measuring cup. Add the grated zest and melted margarine to the juice and add enough hot water to make 1 cup. Stir the liquids into the dry ingredients. Add the egg substitute, extract, and cranberries; stir to mix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour or until golden brown. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

(Yield: 1 loaf or 18 slices)

Nutrient analysis per slice: 80 calories, 0 grams fat, 290 milligrams sodium, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 17 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram dietary fiber, 2 grams protein

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Jenna - I'm going to try this recipe. Sounds deliciouis!
by Ellen Standish on Thursday 12/15/2011

Hi Ellen! I really do enjoy this no-guilt recipe! Have a very Merry Christmas!
by Jenna Smith on Friday 12/16/2011

Jenna, thanks for your post, your advice is so timely. At this time of year it is so easy to over eat, and over drink as well, sometimes people just keep eating to use up the leftovers because they feel guilty about the over catering. And of course dont forget the activity - walk some of the overeating off if you can. Jeremy webmaster
by Jeremy Chino on Monday 12/19/2011

So true, Jeremy! Thanks for the comment.
by Jenna Smith on Monday 12/19/2011