Tips to avoid the dreaded holiday weight gain

11/19/2012
by: Sandra Johnson

 

The holidays are here and there’s temptation lurking around every corner.  If Halloween wasn’t spooky enough for you, with all those bags of candy sitting around calling your name, then Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years are sure to make you cringe. 

You can either run and hide and re-join the world on January 2nd, or you can face those little demons head-on and make your way through the holidays by making the right choices. 

Eating low-calorie and low-sugar doesn’t mean you have to eat bland, boring cardboard.  We’re lucky that we live in an age where there are a million choices out there for “skinny foods” and “skinny drinks” that can help curb your appetite but satisfy your taste buds.  It may seem easier at times to navigate your way through shark-infested waters than figure out the best skinny choice.  But just take it one step at a time.

When you’re at a party and everyone else is sipping on their 540 calorie Margarita, try a fun and festive Cranapple Cobbler Cocktail that’s only 92 calories and 6.9 grams of sugar, and laugh all the way to the scale.

Or when that Starbucks Venti Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino with Whole Milk and Whipped Cream for 520 calories, 23 grams of fat, and 68 grams of sugar is too hard to resist, ask for a Tall Skinny Vanilla Latte (made with non-fat milk, sugar-free syrup and no whip) for 90 calories and 0 grams of fat...and feel good knowing that you’re going to fit into that little black dress on New Year’s Eve!

There are a million reasons to avoid the calories and the sugar.  Your waistline is definitely one, but those pearly whites are another.  Keep yourself looking good and your teeth your best accessory.  And remember, if you’re going to drink the sugary drinks, then be sure to rinse after drinking and brush when the party’s over!  Cheers!


Complete recipe for the Cranapple Cobbler and other low-calorie cocktails for Fall can be found at: http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/best-low-calorie-cocktails-fall?page=4

http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/espresso/skinny-flavored-latte



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