Is Raw Cookie Dough Really Bad For Us

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how that I would be extending blogmas until December 31st. These posts won’t be holiday related as Christmas has since passed (Yesterday) Happy The Day After Christmas. What I will be doing Is adding some New Year’s related content to help you continue to stay on track and I will slowly be adding more of my normal content over the next week or so.

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Cookie Baking Season is in full swing right now, which calls for snowflake-shaped cookie cutters, colorful icing, tons of sprinkles, cups of chocolate chips, and … a warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has issued a report called Say No to Raw Dough! that outlines the dangers of eating raw cookie dough.

Sorry to put a damper on any holiday baking traditions of scraping out your mixing bowl with a spoon and enjoying that doughy goodness, but wouldn’t you rather stay healthy this season instead? Here are the scary reasons why eating raw cookie dough is so bad for you.


Why Is Eating Raw Cookie Dough Unsafe?

As you likely know, the CDC has already warned against the dangers of consuming raw eggs. They’re known for carrying Salmonella, which is one of the most common bacteria to cause foodborne illness. Salmonella can cause a slew of side effects, the most common of which are abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever within 12 to 72 hours of consumption of food with Salmonella. Symptoms typically last anywhere from four to seven days, and we know you don’t want to be down for the count this holiday season when you’ve got holiday parties to go to.

According to the CDC, Salmonella is responsible for causing approximately 1.2 million people to get sick each year—in about 23,000 cases, it led to hospitalization, and 450 people actually died as a result. We’d say licking that spatula isn’t worth it.


What else in cookie dough can make you sick?

Flour. In its raw form, flour may contain a dreaded strain of E. coli. In 2016, 63 people across 24 states contracted E. coli from flour products, according to the CDC. The only way the bacteria is killed is through heat, like when you bake the dough into cookies.


How Can You Avoid Getting Sick From Cookie Dough?

The steps the CDC suggests are straightforward and simple to follow. Basically, all you have to do is have the restraint not to sink your teeth into a spoonful of raw cookie dough. Also, don’t let children handle the dough until it has been thoroughly cooked (you know they want to lick their fingers, which can lead to them eating raw dough). And lastly, make sure to bake the cookie dough at the designated temperature and for as long as the recipe or instructions on the package state.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

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Holiday Party Mistakes

Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy today with friends, family, good food, good company and really good alcohol (Just kidding about the alcohol) or if you are drinking here is a PSA: Don’t drink and drive and have a wonderful time.

I have decided that I would extend #blogmas until December 31st. I have been having so much fun and I enjoy seeing you all enjoying my #blogmas posts (In a non-creepy way). To catch up on the first 24 days of #blogmas all the links are provided in the #blogmas section

Today’s post is a fun little post that is very helpful for anyone that is thinking or is having a New Year’s Eve party. I wish these tips were around back in my party-throwing days. I hope these tips help you as much as I wished they helped me (I didn’t know about these tips back then).

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Getting a reservation at your favorite restaurant during the time-crunched weeks around Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas isn’t easy. Neither is ponying up the triple-digit (or more!) price tag of dinner—or the even higher cost of securing a private space. So hosting at home is the perfect solution, right? You bet, as long as you avoid these common holiday party mistakes along the way.

You forget to schedule in advance

Weekly planner with pen and camera

In today’s crazy world of calendars in the cloud and emails on your wrist, we all seem to be so busy and stretched so thin. When planning for any event, I like to give a six-week runway. By that, I mean invitations and all event planning would ideally begin six weeks before the gathering (If you have the time).

Once you’ve distributed the initial invitation via Paperless Postor Evite, set a calendar event to ping attendees with reminders three weeks out (“get excited!”) and one week out (“don’t forget…”) to keep things top of mind.


You skip the to-do list

Shopping list

Streamline the pre-event prep and avoid forgetting any important details by creating a to-do list:

  • Items to purchase (groceries, flowers)
  • Items that need to be dug out of storage or borrowed (vases, extra chairs)
  • Items to clean (bathrooms, silverware)
  • Items to accomplish before guests arrive (lighting candles, whipping the cream)

You Dismiss The Easiest Decorations

Holiday table set-up

While you’re digging out the “musts” from storage, keep your eyes peeled for easy, affordable accents. That’s right: You DON’T need to drop $30+ per bouquet to dress up your space. Small details like a bowl full of ornaments or vase stuffed full of eucalyptus can make a big impact.

Cut down on prep time and save money by choosing candles in lieu of a lot of flowers. They take less time to arrange and display as decor but they still make a splash.


You discount the benefits of online shopping

Party favors

Stop schlepping bags around town and start hitting the easy “buy now” button on your laptop.

From invitations to favors or custom pillows for the party, shopping online cuts back on time in traffic and allows for easy price comparisons. I love ordering custom party details from companies like Shutterfly. I’m also a big fan of Amazon Prime since purchases usually arrive on my doorstep within 48 hours.


You Don’t Plan Ahead For Drop-in Guests

Unexpected guests

A friend of a friend who just got dumped needs a pick-me-up. A new Tinder plus-one. A random neighbor who sees the crowds piling in. An unexpected guest is almost par for the course these days, so plan ahead for a couple extra servings of everything just in case.


You Run Out Of Spirits

Drinks

Happy hour can turn less-than-happy in a hurry if your bar runs dry.

You know your crowd better than anyone. However, in the events world, It’s estimated half a bottle of wine per person at a sit-down dinner and one cocktail per person per hour at less formal affairs. Calculate accordingly based on your menu and the time frame of your party.


You Forget The Bubbly

Champagne

If a party is thrown during the holidays and there isn’t sparkling wine involved, is it really a party?  Plus, since it’s fairly light on the alcohol-per-serving scale (generally about 12 percent, compared to 22 percent in a Long Island Iced Tea), it’s a smart choice to bring a just-right level of cheer.


You Don’t Cook Enough Food

Antipasto plate

Pound for pound, people can throw down come dinnertime.

Estimate that each adult will consume one pound of food each,” Perotti says. For bone-in proteins, such as turkey, spiral ham, or pork crown roast, purchase 1 ½ pound per person to allow for ample portions because the bones take up some of the weight.


You Attempt A New Recipe

New recipe

Practice, practice, practice. It can be tempting to tear out that trendy recipe from the latest glossy food magazine, but stick to tried-and-true options for larger gatherings to keep #kitchenfails to a minimum. Practice these Pinterest favorites, then add your winners to the menu.


You Forget To Ask About Dietary Restrictions

Friends seated around table

About one in five people have a food allergy or intolerance. Ensure there are eats for everyone by including a simple questionnaire with the RSVP. Feel free to keep it light-hearted so it doesn’t sound like you’re bothered by their bill of fare.

Try something like: I love tailoring the menu to your taste! So check the box if you’re steering clear of…

  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Meat
  • Anything that comes from an animal”

You Rush

Woman talking at party

Don’t go from 0 to 100 miles per hour with your party pace.

I really enjoy spending time with my friends and family, so maximizing catch-up time is crucial. I love having about an hour or so of cocktails and appetizers at the beginning to give everyone plenty of time to get in from the cold, get comfortable with the mix of guests, and begin to let their hair down.


You Ignore The Vibe For The Seating Arrangements

Holiday place cards

The way you set the spread sets the pace for the formality level of your feast. For a less formal, family-style meal, don’t assign seats, but let it be organic.


You Ignore The Aroma

Pumpkin spice latte

Candles trigger a cozy vibe, but their aroma usually stays corralled within a room or two. Pipe seasonal scents throughout your whole home (in an all-natural, affordable way) by filling a stock pot with water and these kitchen staples:

Mint Candy: Vanilla beans + peppermint essential oil
Apple Pie: Apples + cinnamon sticks + lemons
Pumpkin Spice Latte: Vanilla beans + pumpkin pie spice + espresso powder
Fresh and Festive: Rosemary + cranberries + orange


You don’t know your limits

Woman stressed

 

So what if your table decor doesn’t look Martha Stewart–fancy or your turkey wouldn’t fit the classic Norman Rockwell scene. Keep the end goal in mind.

Remember that entertaining is just that: entertainment. You should enjoy it as much as your guests. Don’t take on more than you can, and do what feels authentic. Your friends and family will be impressed with whatever you plan. And if they aren’t, then don’t invite them back! Kidding. Kind of.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

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Why We Gain Winter Weight

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Seasonal weight gain varies from person to person, but certain phenomena during the holiday season tend to tip the scales in a less desirable direction for most. Surveys show people tend to gain five to seven pounds on average during the winter months.

Don’t let worrying about winter weight dampen your holiday fun, though. By being aware of the factors that may put you at risk, you can improve your chances of coming out of the holidays with less guilt and frustration than usual. Here’s why we usually gain more weight in the winter—and what you can do about it.

Too Much Sleep

sleeping couple

When the sun is shining and the air is warm in the summer, it’s much easier to hop out of bed and be productive. However, when the cold takes over and the sun starts setting at 4 p.m., all you want to do sometimes is stay in bed. Consider buying proper clothing for the winter that’s comfortable to wear outside so you can get up with the sun and get moving.


Colder Weather

running outside winter

Baby, it’s cold outside! And if you’re like many of us, you’d rather stay in and curl up by the fire. The cooler weather deters a lot of people from continuing with their active routines. I find that people struggle mostly because they’re not outside as much and access to the outdoors is not as easy. They lose their summer running or tennis routine or discontinue walking with their buddy every few days routine. If you need to call on your friend to stay accountable, then do it. It’s not easy to stay active when it’s freezing, but it’s not as difficult when you have a partner in crime waiting for you.


Seasonal Affective Disorder

depressed sad man

It’s rather depressing to leave work and it already is totally dark outside. But it’s not all in your head; the lack of sunlight in the winter can actually have a significant effect on your mood and health. A handful of people develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the winter, which is a type of clinical depression. Try making a concerted effort to wake up in the morning and take advantage of the sunlight in the morning to counteract the lack of exposure in the evening.


Holiday Meals

holiday table food

The holiday season brings with it an influx of parties and gatherings that are fueled by tons of drinking and eating. It sounds fun at the get-go—but by New Year’s, you’ve probably gotten a little too used to that sluggish feeling that sets in post-holiday binge eating. And that holiday eating leaves a mark. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that people gain an average of a pound during the holiday season. When it comes to holiday events,  preparation is key. Don’t arrive hungry and don’t pretend like you can’t eat the whole day before you go to one of these parties.


Comfort Foods

mac n’ cheese

When the temperature plummets, we’re not just reaching for scarves and mittens, but also for heavier, more warming foods. In fact, eating can help raise body temperature, which could be the reasoning behind our increased desire to seek out hearty stews and comforting bowls of pasta.


Holiday Drinking

christmas eggnog

Eggnog and hot toddies are a staple during the holiday season, but overindulging is all too easy and comes at a weighty price. Smith recommends drinking plenty of water before and during your festive get-togethers to avoiding drinking too many cocktails. It also helps to go into the happy hour or party with a set number of drinks in mind so that you pace yourself and don’t go overboard.


Holiday Office Treats

christmas cupcake

Beyond the parties outside of work, your co-workers may start flooding the office with baked goods and candy that will now live at the end of your desk row for three weeks. Cue: Willpower. What’s more? According to The New England Journal of Medicine study mentioned before, the majority of people don’t actually lose most of the weight they put on during the holidays—which can mean packing on the pounds after a few years have ticked by. Rather than fight off your cravings, keep healthy snacks stocked in your desk drawer and allow yourself to have a treat every now and then.


Specialty Coffee Drinks

pumpkin latte

Before the first fall leaf changed color, pumpkin spice lattes had already made their return. And with each transition from fall to winter comes more sugar-filled, specialty coffee drinks. It’s hard to ignore the tasty craze, but if you can resist the fancy lattes, you’ll avoid tacking on unnecessary calories to your day. If you must indulge once in awhile, go for the smallest size and ask the barista to halve the amount of sugar in the drink!


Fido Gets Less Fresh Air

couple walking dog

The cold weather not only inhibits your normal outdoor activities, but it may also drive you to cut back on your dog’s regular walks. But when he’s not getting his exercise, neither are you. Every little bit adds up! All it takes is one look at that sad puppy face to remind you that it’s not just about you and you’ve got to give the little guy his time outside.


Sugar Is Everywhere

razzleberry pie

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah—you name it, most holidays revolve around food and the majority of them give special attention to dessert. The key here is to analyze your options and settle on one that you really can’t live without. Choose what you really want to indulge in and stick to that. Try your hardest to think about it ahead of time and plan where you truly want to spend your calories.


You’re Already Overweight

woman overweight yellow tape

This may be a tough pill to swallow, but if you’re already overweight or struggling with your weight, you may be more prone to gaining more weight over the span of the holidays than your leaner counterparts. According to a study published by Tufts University, overweight individuals gain five more pounds during the holidays, while the average person tends to pack on one pound. The best thing you can do is be diligent about your portion sizes and try your best to stay on track with your regular eating and exercise schedule.


You’re Extra Groggy

man sleeping at desk tired

The lack of sunlight in the winter can have a profound effect on our hormones—particular our hormones that regulate sleep. During the winter months, we produce more of the sleep hormone and feeling sleepy can hinder motivation to go to the gym or move around. Try working out in the morning when the sun is out and you haven’t felt the obvious effects of the shorter days set in yet.


Metabolism Increases

lose weight dont eat in bed

Although this may seem like a positive thing, a jump in our metabolism may actually lead to weight gain instead of fat burn, if you’re not careful. According to research from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, our metabolism increases in an effort to burn more energy to help us stay warm. Translation: we need more food to meet our body’s increased energy demands. So, while you may feel hungrier, keep in mind that your metabolism isn’t revved up enough to completely counteract that second helping of mashed potatoes.


Frozen Produce

woman checking produce

In the warmer months, a greater amount of produce is in season and easily accessed. When the seasons change and the air cools, you might find yourself reaching for more comfort foods simply because the fresher items aren’t around for you to pick from in the grocery store and farmers’ markets aren’t around every other corner. There is a simple solution here: Opt for frozen fruits and veggies! Often times, frozen produce is actually more nutritious because they are frozen at peak freshness.


You’re Bundled Up

couple in winter selfie

Who doesn’t love sweater weather? It’s so nice and cozy, we’ll admit it! But when you’re hiding your body on a regular basis, you lose the visual cues of weight maintenance and management. Take a moment every now and then to check in with how your clothes are fitting and make a continued effort to stay on top of your regular workouts.


Dinner Dates

couple on dinner date

It’s not news that we tend to consume far more calories when we dine out than when we cook at home. The cold weather tends to move date night to restaurants for a number of months when your more active ideas are limited. As a result, more nights spent trying new restaurants put you and your honey in a position to overeat more frequently. Try splitting your entrees or going without snacks at the movie theater to avoid excess calorie intake.


Holiday Spiced and Flavored Foods

holiday food gingerbread latte

The holidays tend to send people into a pumpkin spice and apple cider-fuelled tizzy. Recipes for muffins, breads, cakes, donuts, and drinks start cluttering your news feeds and inspiring new creative baking endeavors. However, this seasonal hobby may contribute to seasonal weight gain if you don’t control portions carefully. Rather than trying a new recipe every week, pick one and invite friends and family over to enjoy it with you. This way, you won’t have all of those delicious leftovers staring you in the face.


Increased Salt Intake

salt shaker

Those comfort foods that settle in for the winter might feel good going down, but heavier foods usually have higher sodium content. This means more bloating and immediate feelings of weight gain and discomfort. Be diligent about drinking plenty of water to try to minimize the bloating effects and keep portion sizes of heavier foods at a minimum.


Missed Meals

thanksgiving dinner

One of the great joys of the holiday season is getting to indulge in all of the delicious foods. What’s Thanksgiving, really, if you’re not continuously eating for three hours straight? In an effort to keep diets in check, many people tend to skip meals in anticipation of bingeing later. However, this is not advised. Pretend like the overeating is not even going to happen and you’ll be able to control it better. I think you need to stick to your schedule as much as possible so that effectively you’re eating just another meal and not making it into any super special event. The less special you make it in your head, the less of an effect it is likely to have on your body.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

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How To Recover From The Holidays

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4,500 calories. That’s how much food energy the average American consumes on Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to the Calorie Control Council.

That sort of energy blitz would be a major blow to your weight loss goals at any time of year. But Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a five-week period of holiday parties and other festive social events where we all want to look and feel our best—and will be opportunities to eat and drink to excess. It’s enough to make you want to throw your hands up and completely write off the whole month of December—but don’t!

The hard truth? There’s no silver bullet to recovering from the gastronomic onslaught that exists between the last Thursday in November through the first day of the New Year. But by adopting some of the small and manageable changes below, you can feel slimmer, rev your metabolism, tackle the rest of the holiday season mindfully and ring in the New Year feeling good about your health-and-fitness goals for 2019.

Add Dumbbells to Your Black Friday List

Workout gear sneakers weights water bottle and duffle bagNo time for the gym? Invest in a pair of dumbbells. Free weights and your own body weight are all you need to challenge every major muscle group in your body. The more muscle you can pack on, the faster you’ll be burning the extra food energy you gobbled up at Thanksgiving and will continue to consume over the holiday season.

Get to Stepping

Woman and man walking holding coffee cups

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is a whirl of activities, get-togethers, and obligations. That can mean you’ve got less time to work out and recover from a feeding frenzy. So do yourself a favor. Instead of waiting to be active at the gym, sneak in steps all day long. Invest in a pedometer or a Fitbit and try to hit at least 10,000 steps a day. This way, if you miss a workout, you’ll know you’ve already fit in some movement, and it won’t throw your progress totally off track.


Swap Egg Nog for Green Tea

Green tea

You can get back on track ASAP by drinking green tea every day. In a recent 12-week study, participants who drank 4 to 5 cups of green tea daily, then did a 25-minute workout, lost an average of two more pounds and more belly fat than the non-tea-drinking exercisers. Why? The brew contains catechins, a type of antioxidant that triggers the release of fat from fat cells and helps speed the liver’s capacity for turning fat into energy. T


Fill Up on Fiber and Protein

Oatmeal with fruit and nuts in bowls

If you want to lose weight, it’s important to keep your blood-sugar levels stable, so you don’t overeat. That’s key when trying to recover after Thanksgiving and throughout December. To keep hunger at bay, have three meals and two snacks a day. And to help you stay fuller longer, make sure that every time you eat, you’re consuming a combination of fiber (one of the most satiating nutrients out there) and protein.


Work Out First Thing

Woman running in park during sunrise

According to holistic health coach Seth Santoro, the best strategy for not looking and feeling like 10lbs of sausage in a 5lb bag after Thanksgiving is to work out soon after waking up. Hit the gym and do some treadmill sprints on an empty stomach to burn fat, Your body is already in a calorie deficit, and it will ignite your body’s fat-burning ability. Glycogen levels are depleted during sleep so your body will utilize body fat as an energy source.


Stop Eating at Sunset

Woman looking inside refrigerator

Make winter’s short days an advantage: Use the last of the sunlight as a cue to stop eating. This may help you lose more weight, even if you eat more food throughout the day, according to a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism. Researchers put groups of mice on a high-fat, high-calorie diet for 100 days. Half of them were allowed to nibble throughout the night and day on a healthy, controlled diet, while the others only had access to food for eight hours but could eat whatever they wanted. The result of the 16-hour food ban? The fasting mice stayed lean, while the mice who noshed ’round the clock became obese—even though both groups consumed the same amount of calories!


Take Hot Bedtime Showers

Woman in showerA UCLA study of some of the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes noted that drops in temperature were an important sleep cue for our paleolithic forebears. We no longer sleep under the stars that much, but you but you can recreate a sunset-like temperature dip by taking a hot bath or shower. That pause to refresh can help you fall asleep faster and make shuteye — prime pound-shedding time — deeper.

Let Some Winter in

Adjusting thermostat

A striking new study published in the journal Diabetes suggests that turning down the heat in winter may help us attack belly fat while we sleep. Colder temperatures subtly enhance the effectiveness of our stores of brown fat — fat that keeps you warm by burning through the fat stored in your belly. Participants spent a few weeks sleeping in bedrooms with varying temperatures: a neutral 75 degrees, a cool 66 degrees, and a balmy 81 degrees. After four weeks of sleeping at 66 degrees, the subjects had almost doubled their volumes of brown fat. (And yes, that means they lost belly fat.)


Eat an Apple Every Day

Red apples

This crisp, refreshing fruit is among the most super of superfoods: Apples boast the powerful antioxidant quercetin and vitamins C and B-6, which keep your cholesterol levels low and slash your risk for heart disease. But thanks to their high fiber count, an apple a day can do more than keep the doctor away — it can help you trim down during the holidays too.


Make Healthy Cocktails

Apple cider hot toddy

The holiday season doesn’t only bring laughter, cheer, and goodwill to all — it also brings unwanted weight gain from all those festive foods. It’s inevitable that you’ll lose gym time or splurge on “just one more” piece of pie, but don’t let that stop you from making healthy choices. Instead of traditional cocktails like eggnog, or sugar-laden spiced cider, opt for a Hot Toddy, which is made with ginger, tea, and whiskey!


Get Intense

Woman running on treadmill

Interval training is the best way to shock your body back into shape, increase your metabolism, improve your cholesterol profile, and improve insulin sensitivity, especially during the holidays when you’re being pulled in every direction. At the gym, sign up for a HIIT class, or turn your favorite aerobic exercise (running, biking, even walking) into an interval workout by adding periods of intense speed (start with 30 to 60 seconds) followed by periods of rest (normal speed) for the same amount of time. Do this six to 10 times to complete a fat-slashing workout. As you get better, slowly increase the amount of time of increased intensity.


Fit in Quick Reps

Man doing pushups in park

A busy holiday schedule of parties, shopping and gift wrapping isn’t a reason to skip your workouts and lose some of that turkey weight. In fact, slacking off could slow your slim-down progress. Thankfully, fitting in fitness doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Trade exhaustive hourlong sessions for one daily resistance exercise (like a bicep curl, squat, lunge or shoulder press). Spending five minutes doing one daily resistance exercise is all it takes to build and maintain muscle, reduce fat, and protect bones.


De-bloat with Fruit Salad

Kiwi

Do your pants seem to be snugger than they were just a day or two before? That rich, salty holiday meal and sugary wine could be causing water retention and constipation. Working bloat-fighting foods into your diet can ease your discomfort and help you slough off a holiday bulge. Kiwi, honeydew melon and papaya all contain compounds that kick sluggish bowels into gear and fight water retention. Use them in a fruit salad or keep them around the house to snack on throughout the season.


Take a Long Winter’s Nap

Woman sleeping hugging pillow

Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Slacking on shut-eye depletes your energy levels and wreaks havoc on your hormones, causing you to eat more. Over time, this can contribute to significant weight gain, especially in the wake of a 4,500-calorie holiday meal. In fact, according to a recent study, losing as little as 30 minutes of sleep can up your risk of obesity by 17 percent!


Sip Rooibos Tea

Cup of tea

Rooibos tea is made from the leaves of the “red bush” plant, grown exclusively in the small Cederberg region of South Africa, near Cape Town. What makes rooibos tea particularly good for your belly is a unique and powerful flavonoid called Aspalathin. According to South African researchers, polyphenols and flavonoids found in the plant inhibit adipogenesis–the formation of new fat cells–by as much as 22 percent. The chemicals also help aid fat metabolism. Plus, Rooibos is naturally sweet so you won’t need to add sugar.


Muscle Up

Man and woman doing pull-ups in park

Even when you’re at rest, your body is constantly burning calories. In fact, 75% of the calories that you burn each day are being used up just keeping you alive. “Resting metabolic rate” is much higher in people with more muscle, because every pound of muscle uses about 6 calories a day just to sustain itself. If you can pack on just five pounds of muscle and maintain it, you’ll burn the caloric equivalent of three pounds of fat over the course of a year. That’s especially useful when you’re overindulging over the festive period.


Drink More Water

Water being poured into a glass

Most of us know that we need to drink water during workouts to stay hydrated, but many of us overlook the importance of sipping water throughout the day. Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger, so regularly drinking water can keep excess calories off of your holiday plate— and, more importantly, out of your mouth. Also, the extra sodium we eat during holiday meals will cause more water retention and belly bloat. You can flush it out with more water!


Order a Blender

Woman smiling making a green smoothie

First thing in the AM, silence your iPhone alarm, hit the shower and then make your way over to the blender. Buzzing up a fat-burning homemade smoothie for breakfast is a great way to stay full make up for some of that overindulgence on Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Feel the Burn… of Peppers

Plate of green peppers

It’s well-reported that fiery capsaicin (the compound that gives peppers their kick) can rev up the metabolism, but non-spicy peppers have fat-burning potential too, according to research presented at a recent Experimental Biology meeting. They contain a natural chemical called dihydrocapsiate (DCT) (Capsinoids, which include capsiate, dihydrocapsiate, and nordihydrocapsiate, are substances naturally present in chili peppers. Although they are structurally similar to capsaicin, the substance that causes pungency in hot peppers, they largely lack that characteristic). Study participants who ate the most DCT experienced a metabolic boost that was nearly double the placebo group. Bottom line: pile on the poblaños!


Buy a Standing Desk

Woman talking on phone in office

Some quick math: Ideally, we all sleep about eight hours a day. Most people spend another seven to ten hours sitting at their desk. That means most of us spend the overwhelming majority of our time being sedentary. One British study found that standing at work burned 50 more calories per hour than sitting. Consider this: If you stand for just three hours of your day, in one year you’d expend more than 30,000 extra calories — which amounts to about 8 pounds of fat!


Eat Out, Don’t Pig Out

Friends laughing at restaurant

People tend to eat at restaurants more during the holidays. That’s a recipe for packing on extra pounds. But it doesn’t have to be. When dining out, order two appetizers instead of an appetizer and an entrée, This is instant portion control, and usually, appetizers are lighter overall.


Forget Diet Soda

Glasses of diet soda

Yeah, yeah, it has zero calories, but diet soda can derail your goals of staying in shape this season. Research published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism shows that artificially sweetened beverages may screw up the body’s normal metabolic response to sugar, actually increasing appetite! Increasingly, diet drinks are being linked with weight gain, metabolic syndrome and a host of other Illnesses.


Snack on Almonds

Bowl of almonds

Cookies, brownies, candy canes. All kinds of empty-calorie treats are within easy reach during the holiday season, and they can add to the damage done on Turkey Day. Swap them out for almonds. Their combination of satiating protein and fiber will stave off snacking for hours! The nut is rich in the amino acid L-arginine, which can actually help you burn more fat and carbs during workouts, according to a study printed in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism.


Eat Three Square Meals

Breakfast of cereal toast and tea

Bodybuilding lore holds that you must eat every few hours to keep muscles fueled and metabolism high. But don’t discount the weight-loss potential of three squares a day. A study in the journal Hepatology put two groups of men on weight-gain diets. One group had three small meals, with snacks in between, while the second group ate the same number of calories in three square meals. Although both groups gained weight, researchers found that belly fat — the dangerous kind that boosts heart-disease risk — only increased in the high-meal-frequency group.


Eat Bananas

Bananas

The humble banana—botanically, actually a berry!—is perhaps the least-heralded supermarket staple, a superfood more associated with kids, monkeys and slapstick comedy than with steel-cut abs. But it can help you lose weight, reduce bloat and increase your energy.


Snack on Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate

There’s plenty of chocolate around during the holidays, but you should concentrate on snacking on a little bit of the good and dark stuff. In a study by Swiss and German researchers, lucky participants ate about 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate daily for two weeks. Ultimately, these chocolate nibblers had lower stress-hormone levels and a more regulated metabolism than a control group. Scientists speculate that chemicals in cocoa, such as flavonoids, play a role in regulating metabolism by alleviating stress that can cause your fat-burning engines to go on the fritz. Should you think this is a cause to go wild, I’m talking small amounts of high-quality dark chocolate. Researchers say 1.5 ounces is enough. 


Obey the 80% Rule

Thanksgiving turkey spread

Holiday buffets make it easy to supplement the damage you did on Thanksgiving. Your move? Eat until you’re 80% full, then stop. In Japan, this method is called hara hachi bun me, which roughly translates to “eat until you are eight parts full.” or “belly 80 percent full”.  


Make Detox Water

Detox water in mason jars

You know that good ol’ H2O can rev your metabolism, help you lose serious weight and maintain a flat belly. Now take it to the next level. Combine plain water with proven fat-burning superfoods to create detox water, and you’ll have an elixir that energizes you, fights bloating and helps you achieve your weight loss goals.


After Turkey, Switch to Salmon

Salmon

Salmon may be the very best protein for your metabolism. That’s because most cases of an underactive thyroid are due to inflammation of the gland, and salmon boasts significant anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to its rich omega-3 fatty acid content. In fact, one study of weight loss and seafood consumption showed salmon to be the most effective at reducing inflammation — better than cod, fish oil, or a no-fish “diet”! The fatty acids may also trigger cells in the liver to burn more fat, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.


Boost Your Metabolism with Coffee

White mug of steaming hot coffee

In addition to green tea, coffee is one of the best drinks for weight loss because it boosts your metabolism. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the average metabolic rate of people who drank caffeinated coffee was 16 percent higher than that of those who drank decaf! A cup of black coffee is a good choice for a pre-workout beverage, too: Researchers found that cyclists who took a caffeine supplement were able to ride about a mile farther than those who took a placebo. Make yours a venti or Trenta and skip the sweeteners.


Take Vitamin D

Hard boiled egg peeled

If there’s one supplement most Americans should be taking, it’s vitamin D. It’s essential for preserving metabolism-revving muscle tissue, but researchers estimate that only 20 percent of Americans get enough in their “diet”. You can nail 90 percent of your recommended daily value (400 IU) in a 3.5-ounce serving of salmon, but taking a daily supplement makes a lot of sense. Other good dietary sources of D: tuna, fortified milk and cereal, and eggs.


Increase Fat Burn 73%

Cocktails

While drinking in moderation every so often won’t do too much harm to your waistline, making it a habit can slow down your metabolic rate. Why? When your body has a cocktail to break down, it takes precedence over any food that you’ve already eaten that’s waiting to be digested. This slows down the entire metabolic process. In fact, some researchers claim boozing can decrease the body’s fat-burning ability by up to 73 percent! On the occasions that you decided to indulge, stick to low-calorie drinks. Alternate your alcohol with water to slow your pace, and cut yourself off after two drinks. Avoid ordering high-cal bar food like fries and burgers.


Make Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding with blueberries and almonds

That’s right: I’m telling you to eat pudding this holiday season. Chia seeds pack an impressive 11 grams of fiber in just two tablespoons, making it one of the most effective appetite suppressants for weight loss. And chia pudding? It’s one of the tastiest ways to work the superfood into your daily “diet”. We’ve rounded up our favorite mouthwatering recipes—which range from dessert-inspired to tea-infused—and start eating your way toward a flat post-holiday belly.


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Holiday Activities To Burn Calories

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When the weather outside is frightful, it can be all too tempting to stay inside and hibernate—I totally get it (unless you live where I live and the last few days has been in the 60’s). But the bottom line is, you’re not a bear or a bat so you shouldn’t be snoozing through winter. Plus, if staying fit is among your health goals, you really should make heading outside a priority.

Once the white powder has hit the ground, there are a ton of calorie-incinerating activities available that aren’t at our disposal during the warmer months. From skiing to sledding, I’ve identified some fun winter activities that can help you build a body you’ll be proud to show off come summer. Note: All calorie burned estimations are based on a 150-pound person and will vary depending on activity intensity and the person Itself).

Building a Snowman

building a snowman

Calories burned in 30 minutes: 143

It’s rarely considered to be much of a workout, but making a snowman can burn mega calories. And if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. First of all, there’s loads of squatting involved throughout the process and a lot of walking and heavy lifting, too. That snowball face isn’t going to put itself on top of the two other snowballs, now is it?


Ice Skating

ice skating

Calories burned in 30 minutes: 171

So long as you can keep up a moderate pace, you’ll scorch 171 calories (what you’d find in about three Oreos). Hit the ice with the kids for a fun afternoon outing or skate around with your sweetie for a romantic—and heart thumping—night on the town.


Shoveling Snow

shoveling snow

Calories burned in 30 minutes: 207

Turns out that there’s an upside of this super annoying chore: it burns a ton of calories—and pretty quickly, too!


Sledding

sledding

Calories burned in 30 minutes: 234

Since sledding involves walking up and down a hill multiple times, it burns a fair share of calories. To work off that extra cup of hot cocoa you knew you’d be better off without, offer to pull the kiddos home. Dragging a sled behind you is a killer workout for your quadriceps.


Cross Country Skiing

cross country skiing

Calories burned in 30 minutes: 387

Cross country skiing is great because once you have the right gear, you can hit the power just about anywhere—for free! Not to mention, since you’re engaging your muscles with every step and there’s no downhill soaring, it burns more calories than downhill skiing. How many you ask? About 180 additional calories per hour!


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The Best Candy Canes

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BOB’S CHERRY RAINBOW CANDY CANES

BOBS CHERRY RAINBOW CANDY CANES

PER 1 PIECE: 50 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 15 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (0 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 0 g protein

My “worst best” candy cane are these Bob’s Cherry Rainbow Candy Canes with 50 calories and 11 grams of sugar per cane. Founded by Bob McCormack, Bob’s Candies were the first manufacturers to wrap candy in cellophane. It’s no wonder with their colorful appeal and, consequently, several color dyes and artificial flavors.


SPANGLER PEPPERMINT CANDY CANES

Product - Spangler R&W Candy Canes 6-18 ct cradles

PER 1 PIECE: 50 calories, 0 fat, (0 saturated fat), 0 mg of sodium, 12 g carbs, 10 g sugar. Some nutritional facts are not present on their website.

Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, “Natural Flavors”, Color Added (Includes Red  40)


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PER 1 PIECE: 55 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (0 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 0 g protein

Spangler’s Peppermint Candy Canes contain few ingredients, which means they contain less artificial stuff. However, despite their name, the only thing peppermint about them is, well…fake.


JOYBRITE PEPPERMINT CANDY CANES

PER 1 PIECE: 50 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (0 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 0 g protein

We are thrilled to see peppermint oil listed as an ingredient in this holiday staple. Mint offers a plethora of health benefits including, aiding weight loss, fighting cancer-causing free radicals, settling an upset stomach, reducing pain and even improving brain function.


BOB’S RED AND WHITE PEPPERMINT CANDY CANES

BOBS RED AND WHITE PEPPERMINT CANDY CANES

PER 1 PIECE: 40 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (0 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 0 g protein

Despite Bob’s Cherry variety, these traditional canes contain the real thing (mint), along with four other ingredients. Plus they’ve got just 10 grams of sugar.

 


 THE #1 BEST CHRISTMAS CANDY CANE IS… BOB’S MINI PEPPERMINT CANDY CANES

BOBS MINI PEPPERMINT CANDY CANES

PER 3 PIECES: 50 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (0 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 0 g protein

With the same ingredients and nutrition as Bob’s regular sized Red and White Peppermint Candy Cane, I chose these minis are the best Christmas candy cane because you can indulge in one or two of them for under 50 calories and 10 grams of sugar.


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How To Use Leftover Candy Canes

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Twinkling lights, the smell of Christmas trees, and Winter Cocktails are among the most welcomed delights of the season,(Besides all the good holiday related junk food) 🙂 Oh, and let’s not forget candy canes—who doesn’t love,  love those! Which is why we stock up on the stuff the one time each year every store seems to carry them. But buying 10+ boxes of the minty, sweet treat has a downside: the leftovers ( you would only have that many boxes if you put candy canes on your Christmas tree)? There are often buckets worth—even after they’ve been hung on the tree, stuffed in everyone’s stocking, and fastened to all of your holiday cards. Sound like your yearly struggle? Rest easy; I’ve got you covered with some great candy cane crafts and recipes.


Spike Your Whipped Cream With It

Whipped cream

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Whether you’re dolloping it over fruit, a bowl of ice cream, or into your latte, whipped cream can benefit from a minty makeover. Whip your own cream and sprinkle the swirled candy bits at the end before using it as a creamy topping.


Make Candy Cane Pops

Candy cane oreo pops

Courtesy of Lil Luna

Insert decorative sticks into Oreo creme, dip the Oreo into melted white chocolate, and then coat with crushed candy canes for the perfect holiday treat you haven’t thought of making yet. The subtle vanilla flavor of the cookie met with the refreshing zing of peppermint will make a sweet snack the whole gang will love.

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna


 No-Bake Chocolate Candy Cane Truffles

Chocolate candy cane truffles

Courtesy of Your Cup of Cake

Use leftover candy canes by crafting decadent truffles dusted with the wintry sweet. This recipe starts with cream cheese, peppermint extract, and chocolate base before it’s refrigerated until set and then rolled in the crushed candies for added color and flavor. You can even wrap these cute little treats in cellophane and gift to your best pals.

Get the recipe from Your Cup of Cake.


Make Minty Marshmallows

Marshmallows in a bowl

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You’ll need to top off your hot cocoa with a giant marshmallow, but why settle for store-bought when you can easily make your own? Start with food genius Alton Brown’s marshmallow recipe on Food Network, and then dust the crushed candy canes on top of the ‘mallows before cutting them into perfect squares. You can even gift leftovers to friends and family.


Napkin Holders

Candy cane on plate

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Rather than opting for your usual holiday napkin rings, use twisted candy canes instead. If you have any leftover candies that are still intact, try hooking the arch over the middle of a rolled-up napkin before placing on your holiday table for some festive flair.


Bake Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes

Chocolate candy cake cupcake

Courtesy of Your Cup of Cake

All you need is a quick devil’s food cake mix and a few other pantry staples to create a rich chocolate cupcake that serves as a perfect base to peppermint frosting. Psst: the frosting is 100 percent homemade, so you know it’ll be just as delicious on its own as over the cupcake. This recipe calls for adorning the frosting with crushed candy canes for a delectable and decorative twist.

Get the recipe from Your Cup of Cake.


 Chocolate Snowflake Candy Canes

Chocolate snowflake candy canes

Courtesy of Lil Luna

Got some extra candy canes that aren’t broken? Continue ringing in Christmas spirit by whipping up these white chocolate snowflake candy canes. All you have to do is dip half of the candy cane stick into a mixture of white chocolate chips and shortening before sprinkling over some white pearl and snowflake sprinkles and allowing them to cool and harden. Yum!

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna


Craft Candy Cane Oreo Pudding Cups

Candy cane oreo pudding cups

Courtesy of Lil Luna

These cute little pudding cups are perfect for entertaining or a cozy night in. All you need is a white chocolate pudding mix, candy cane Oreos, candy cane bits, and Cool Whip. Then, you layer all of your ingredients into mini cups and voila!

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna.


 Bath Scrub

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Instead of eating your leftovers, use them to make a candy cane-infused scrub. To make a batch, pour four cups of white sugar, one cup of olive oil (or another non-comedogenic oil with a similar consistency), a few drops of peppermint essential oil, and a quarter cup of finely ground candy canes into a mixing bowl. Then stir it up!


Bake Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Peppermint sugar cookies

Courtesy of Lil Luna

Sugar cookies are great on their own, but any tried-and-true classic can use a little makeover from time to time. These sugar cookies benefit from a thick vanilla frosting that’s bejeweled with candy cane pieces.

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna.


Bake Peppermint Brownies

Peppermint brownies

Courtesy of Lil Luna

Everyone (well, almost) loves the combo of mint and chocolate, and these peppermint brownies embrace the duo to the fullest extent. Warm, fudgy brownies are met with an invigorating crushed candy topping that adds crunch and texture.

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna


Reindeer Ears on Cookies

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Nothing marks the beginning of the holiday season better than the grocery store invasion of peppermint-themed treats. That’s why we’re loving the idea of decorating homemade holiday desserts with the candy.


 Candy Cane Soap

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In the mood to channel your inner Martha Stewart? Whip up some homemade candy cane soap! (It’s easy to make—promise!) Start by melting a block of clear glycerin and a block of white glycerin in separate bowls. Then, mix in red food dye and peppermint essential oil into the clear glycerin. (A few drops of each work.) After that, pour a thin layer of the melted white glycerin into a cake mold or small pan and let it sit for about two to three minutes. After it’s somewhat solid, pour a layer of the red glycerin on top and then continue alternating with the red and white glycerin every few minutes until the mold or pan is filled. Then top off your soap with a generous coating of crushed candy cane, which is a great exfoliant.


Throw Back a Candy Cane Cocktail

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If you’re looking to up your bartending game, forgo serving up basic drinks like spiked eggnog and opt for surprising your guests with a round of candy cane vodka shots. Luckily, you only need three things to prepare this festive elixir: candy canes, a small bottle of vodka (about 25 ounces), and a coffee grinder or food processor. Here’s what you need to do: grind 12 candy canes until they’re eroded into superfine crystals. Then, pour the candy powder into the bottle of vodka, make sure the cap is tightly screwed, and shake away! (You can even save some of the crushed candy to rim the glasses with later on!) Then, let the vodka sit for a half hour, shaking every now and then. Once the liquid is candy-cane-red, serve it up in shot glasses or a sleek martini glass.


Peppermint Hot Cocoa

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This winter, spruce up your favorite hot beverage with some minty goodness! To make a mug of decadent hot cocoa, add one cup of your milk of choice into a saucepan with two ounces bittersweet chocolate, and simmer over low heat. Once the chocolate is melted, add one tablespoon sugar and a ½ teaspoon peppermint extract to the pot and stir. Once it’s all dissolved, pour it into your fave mug, swirl on some whipped cream, and then garnish the top with crushed candy canes. If you prefer taking the easier route with premade hot cocoa mix, choose my best Hot Chocolate.


 Peppermint Popcorn

peppermint bark popcorn

Courtesy of Cooking Classy

What’s better than binge-watching all of the Home Alone movies in one sitting? The answer: having a big bowl of peppermint popcorn beside you! Spike your popped kernels with a layer of melted white chocolate and some candy cane crumble. Oh, and you might want to whip up an extra batch because you’re totally not going to want to share this!

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy


Crack Fudge Peppermint Bark

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Give your gingerbread cookie and peanut butter blossom recipes a break, and concoct a batch of crunchy peppermint bark instead. The best part—aside from the taste? It’s beyond easy to make. All you have to do is melt dark chocolate, slather it onto a sheet of parchment paper, and let it solidify in the fridge. Once it’s hardened, drizzle on a layer of melted white chocolate and then drop a handful or two (or three… no one’s looking!) of candy cane chunks for fresh flavor and a festive pop of color. Easy peasy!


Try Pink Peppermint Bark Macarons

Pink peppermint bark macarons

Courtesy of How Sweet Eats

Besides croissants, macarons are the next best thing the French bestowed on us. Give your favorite fancy dessert a wintry twist by adding crushed candy canes into the creamy ganache.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.


Rim Glasses With Candy Canes

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Remember that martini we suggested shaking up and that hot cocoa recipe you jotted on your list? Well, if these two beverages have anything in common, it’s that you can easily jazz them up by rimming the glass or mug with crushed candy canes. Just pulverize the candies in the blender, use your finger to coat the rim with a syrup (like maple syrup) and dip into the crushed candy.


Scoop Into Homemade Nice Cream

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Adapt your favorite nice cream recipe into a delicious, holiday-approved dessert by sprinkling crushed candy canes into the blender. Whether you choose to go with banana and cocoa mix or a traditional vanilla bean dessert, you’ll want to scoop it into a cone and toss some candy canes on top for a refreshing twist on rainbow sprinkles.


Bake Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Death by chocolate peppermint cookies

Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

If you love devil’s food cake, you’re gonna love this recipe idea. All you have to do is bake up a decadent chocolate cookie, dip it in dark chocolate, sprinkle it with some crushed peppermint candies, and drizzle with white chocolate. The minty peppermint will help cut the richness of the dark chocolate.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.


Make Homemade Thin Mints

Peppermint bark cookies

Courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction

Instead of unwrapping a thin mint, try DIYing your own this holiday season. The chocolate sugar cookies are super easy to make, and they come out of the oven extra thick while the white chocolate coating gets a double dose of peppermint from the extract and crushed candies.

Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.


Make a Minty Milkshake

Candy cane chocolate milkshake

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Got a tub of vanilla ice cream, milk, and leftover candy canes? Blend the three ingredients into the best milkshake ever. You can even add some unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolatey boost and garnish the cup with a mint leaf. Mmm!


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The Best Christmas Products That Come Out Every Year

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 19! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 18 Days of #Blogmas

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*I realized that my #blogmas days had repeated tagged posts and that not every post was linked. I caught the mistake and fixed it. Every link should now be clickable and days 1-18 are now linked. If you are new to #blogmas you can catch up below.

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Just because you can’t always bring yourself to say “no” to the limited-edition gingerbread cookies and holiday candy you see at the store, it doesn’t mean your belly must start resembling Santa’s. It’s totally possible to get in the spirit of the season while maintaining your trim waistline; you just need to know which packages to grab and which ones to leave at the grocery store.

Since no one wants to spend time reading nutrition panels in the supermarket’s overcrowded holiday section (seriously, it’s a scary place to linger), I’ve done all of the research for you. Commit some of my top picks to memory so you can get in and out of the store unscathed. Or better yet, snag them online!


LÄRABAR Snickerdoodle & Gingerbread

 

Nutrition: 1 bar, 190 calories 8-9 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 0-30 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 17-18 g sugar, 4 g protein

Thanks to Larabar, you can finally indulge in your favorite holiday cookie flavors without a massive sugar rush. While there are 17 to 18 grams of the sweet stuff per bar, the sugar is all the naturally occurring kind from things like dates and raisins. Plus, these things are beyond tasty—nab ‘em while you still can!


Birch Benders Gingerbread Spice Pancake Mix

 

Nutrition: 1/4 cup mix (two 4” pancakes), 120 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 390 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 3 g protein

While this ginger-infused pancake mix is a bit high in sugar, thanks to the addition of cassava starch there’s a bit fiber and protein, too. To even the fiber to sugar ratio a bit further, go light on the syrup and top your hotcakes with finely chopped pecans or walnuts and enjoy a scrambled egg or two on the side.


Goldfish Fun Holiday Colors Baked Cheddar Crackers

 

Nutrition: 55 pieces, 140 calories 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 240 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 1 g fiber, <1 g sugar, 3 g protein

While these cute little crackers don’t offer much in terms of nutrition, they won’t do your body much harm, either. To give their tiny fish their vibrant holiday hues, Pepperidge Farms used things like turmeric extract and watermelon juice concentrate—not chemicals. With that in mind, this is definitely a salty snack that gets the green light. To boost its staying power of your snack, mix the fishies with some raw nuts and pair the mixture with a small piece of fibrous fruit.


KIND Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Spice

Nutrition: 1 bar, 200 calories, 15 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 15 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 5 g protein

With so many delicious, low sugar bars on their roster, it’s easy to see why—and this seasonal snack is no exception. Flavors of hazelnuts, cashews, chocolate, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon join together to create a snack bar that will delight your taste buds while fueling your body right. Get a box for you and a second one to use as healthy stocking stuffers. The gift of health is one that everyone on your list is sure to love.


Enjoy Life Foods Gingerbread Spice Cookies

Nutrition: 2 cookies, 120 calories, 4 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 95 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 1 g protein

The healthiest gingerbread you’ll have this season will likely be homemade. But in the packaged food realm, these come pretty darn close. Despite the fact that most of these cookies are filled with sugar (as is the case with almost every cookie), they still have less than 5 grams of the sweet stuff a pop—which is pretty impressive. I also love that Enjoy Life uses ingredients like millet and buckwheat flour to sneak in a bit of nutrition.


Tic Tac Christmas Candy Cane

Nutrition: 1 piece, 1.9 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein

Since you have to constantly chomp, gum can make your tummy bloat. I  rely on mints to freshen my breath. These super-cute candy cane Tic Tacs are sure to brighten your day and your smile every time you pop one into your mouth. And for less than 2 calories each, they can’t be beat—so long as you don’t down too many at once, at least.


BoomChickaPop White Chocolate Peppermint

Nutrition: 1 1/4 cup, 140 calories, 8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 75 mg sodium 18 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 1 g protein

Compared to things like candy and cookies, this peppermint and chocolate topped popcorn isn’t half bad. And the divine flavor makes it totally worth its not-exactly-low sugar count. This is definitely a must-try but probably not something you want to go back for seconds of.


Walkers Shortbread Festive Shapes Pure Butter Cookies

Nutrition: 2 pieces, 150 calories, 9 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 85 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 2 g protein

The only things that go into these low-sugar cookies are wheat flour, butter, sugar, and salt making them an obvious Eat This!


Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea

Nutrition: 1 tea bag, 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein

The only thing better than a cup of belly fat-incinerating Tea? One that’s infused with orange peel, peppermint, cinnamon, and vanilla bean, that’s what! The super cute box is definitely a bonus, too. Just look at those bears hard at work in Santa’s workshop!


Califia Farms Pure Almond Milk Egg Nog

Nutrition: 4 fl oz, 50 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 90 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 1 g protein

 It does have about fifty percent fewer calories than the typical eggnog, I can’t deny that eggnog in general just isn’t a great pick. Sip it if you must, but know that you’re better off eating your calories than sipping them.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns you may have. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can ALWAYS find my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

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Christmas Foods That Have Common Food Allergies

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 17! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 16 Days of #Blogmas

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If you have food allergies, you know allergens hideout where you’d least expect them (peanut butter can be in chili; wheat in soy sauce). But for the 15 million people in the U.S. with food allergies, the holidays pose a particular challenge From homemade jams and cookie swaps to office parties and holiday dinners, there are more opportunities to accidentally eat the wrong thing and have an allergic reaction, which can progress to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening situation.

Trust me I know Holidays can be tricky for anyone with food allergies. You are often not in charge of the food, because you’re eating out or at someone else’s home.

On top of that, you’re exposed to dishes you don’t usually have. Bread pudding? Bûche de Noël? You may wonder: What is in those things? Even if a food doesn’t contain ingredients you are allergic to, there is always a risk of cross-contamination. While many restaurants have procedures for separating cooking utensils and cooking spaces to prevent cross-contact, home cooks tend to not think about whether a cutting board or cookie cutter contained a food allergen prior to re-using it.

To stay safe, consider hosting, so you control the food. Or, bring your own food to gatherings. And don’t forget to check labels, even if it means digging through your host’s trash. By FDA law, if a packaged food contains one of the top eight most common allergens—peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish, or soy—that ingredient must be listed in plain English on the label (for instance, it will say “milk” not “whey”). Still, companies are under no obligation to tell you if a food could have had cross-contact with a top eight allergen; to find out, you have to contact the companies. Here are some unexpected foods that may contain the most common allergens, so you can eat, drink, and stay safe. And remember, Always bring your EpiPen with you.

Hot Chocolate

 

Watch out for: Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Milk, Soy, Egg, Wheat

Before you warm up with a cozy cup of cocoa, check to make sure you know what’s in it. Chocolate, in general, is dicey for people with peanut and tree nut allergies, because they tend to be in chocolate or made on the same factory lines with it. Also, consider the topping: If your winter drink is underneath a bed of marshmallows, you know there’s egg white in it. (Eggs are also used in some homemade hot cocoa recipes, FYI.) Better bet: Have hot cocoa at home where you can carefully read the package.


Iced Sugar Cookies

 

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Milk, Egg, Nuts

Did you know royal icing—the hard glaze on top of many Christmas cookies—is made from egg whites, and it sometimes contains milk, too? Cookies also generally pack wheat, and they can contain finely ground nuts hidden in the dough, that is why I  advise caution around baked goods outside of your own home. Steer clear of foods you would otherwise assume are safe if they are homemade unless you know all of the ingredients and how the person prepared it.


Holidays Breads

 

Watch out for: Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Egg, Milk, Soy

Breads are another danger zone for people with food allergies. Of course, there’s wheat, but that’s not all you’ll find in that hunk of carbs. Festive, special occasion breads may be studded with walnuts, pecans, or other nuts. Some loaves are made with milk or buttermilk. And if you see a shiny coating on bread, you know it was brushed with an egg wash glaze. Meanwhile, commercial loaves tend to contain soy, in the form of soy flour or a stabilizer to extend shelf life.


Worcestershire Sauce and Other Sauces

Worcestershire sauce

 

Watch out for: Fish, Shellfish, Soy, Wheat

This classic sauce is made with anchovies, but it can also contain shellfish. Salad dressings and dips tend to be the place where fish and shellfish are inadvertently hiding out. (Incidentally, shellfish allergies are on the rise in adults, according to 2017 research.) Sauces, in general, require extra vigilance, especially at someone else’s home or a restaurant, because you can’t tell what is in them.


Restaurant Steak

Asparagus, Steak, Veal Steak, Veal, Meat

Watch out for: Milk, Soy

You’d think a steak would be safe for those with a milk allergy, but that juicy porterhouse or New York strip may have butter in it. That’s because back in the kitchen, chefs often melt a hunk of butter on top to make it extra tasty. The other potential pitfall is soy because some chefs glaze a steak in an Asian-style marinade. Be sure to tell your server about all allergies and ask them to ensure you get your beef without oil, butter, or marinade.


Gingerbread Houses

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Soy

Whether it’s a kit you make yourself or a ready-made creation you pick up from the bakery, gingerbread houses spell trouble for many kids with food allergies. Both the cookie walls and the candy decorations may harbor wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, and soy. If you’re crafty, the safest bet is to make it yourself and decorate with safe items (like Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which are made in a peanut- and tree nut-free facility.) The good news is there are a growing number of nut-free and gluten-free bakeries, so kids with food allergies don’t have to miss out on the holiday fun.


Cocktails

Cocktail cheers

Watch out for: Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Shellfish

Don’t let down your guard at the bar. Vodka is made from fermented grains, which means it can contain wheat or soy (as well as corn, a less common allergen). And did you know that trendy vodkas are sometimes infused with peanuts and various tree nuts? Or that many gins are flavored with almonds? Also be alert for frothy cocktails, which often get their bubbles from egg whites, as well as ones mixed with liqueurs such as Frangelico (made from hazelnuts), Amaretto (almond liqueur, though it often gets its flavor from peach pits and not nuts), and Nocello (walnut liqueur).


Seafood and Fish

Salmon, Dish, Food, Meal, Fish, Seafood

 

Watch out for: Milk

You know to avoid seafood if you’re allergic, of course. But even people with milk allergies have to be careful when ordering the salmon or shrimp scampi out. Sometimes fish and shellfish are dipped in milk to help with the fishy smell.  It’s mainly restaurants that are guilty of this, but some fish markets do it, too. How can you be sure? Do your research and make sure you’re buying from a market that doesn’t de-stink their catch of the day.


Rugelach

Cinnamon rugelach

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Milk, Eggs, Nuts

You might expect these cookies to have wheat, but they often also have milk (in the form of sour cream or cream cheese, as well as butter), eggs, and a layer of walnuts or other tree nuts. Also, watch out for marzipan on the Hanukkah or Christmas table—it is almond paste.


Caponata

Eggplant caponara

 

Watch out for: Shellfish, Fish

This Sicilian ratatouille-like appetizer made with eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes sometimes serves up a surprising ingredient: anchovies or other forms of seafood. And if you buy a jarred, imported-from-Italy version, keep in mind that imported foods are not subject to the FDA law. That means you can’t necessarily trust the label to keep you safe.


Latkes

Potato latkes

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Soy

Warning if you have peanut or soy allergies—this Hanukkah favorite is sometimes fried in peanut or oil. Soy can also sneak in when latkes are made with teriyaki sauce. And while potato latkes are not likely to be made with tree nuts, some recipes call for almond flour, so always ask the chef. Latkes generally contain egg, too, though you can find egg-free recipes online.


Asian takeout

Chinese noodles takeout

 

Watch out for: Peanuts, tree, nuts, soy, wheat, egg, milk, shellfish, fish

All partied out and ready to order in? Be super careful with Thai, Chinese, and Indian cuisines. You may encounter top eight allergens, as well as sesame, which is the ninth most common allergen (just behind soy). Thai and Indian joints thicken dishes with a paste derived from cashews or other nuts. It depends on your own comfort level and past history of reactions, but some people with food allergies steer clear entirely. Other people order only from trusted restaurants that take food allergy seriously.


Eggnog

Holiday eggnog

 

Watch out for: Milk, egg, tree nuts, peanuts

OK, so you’d expect egg and milk warnings for this holiday staple. But those with peanut and tree nut allergies should also be careful, particularly with store-bought eggnog, because there’s a cross-contact risk. And if there’s booze in that eggnog, you could get exposed to tree nuts, peanuts, or other allergenic ingredients that way. What about that nutmeg sprinkled on top? It’s not a nut, so it shouldn’t bother you—unless you’re allergic to it.


Bûche de Noël

Buche de noel

 

Watch out for: Wheat, egg, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, soy

Alas, that beautiful French chocolate cake may look heavenly, but it’s got some bad ingredients if you have food allergies: milk, tree nuts like hazelnuts or almond paste, eggs and wheat, and possibly soy if it’s from a commercial bakery (soy is sometimes used as a flour and a stabilizer in packaged breads and baked goods). And anything with tree nuts has a possibility of cross-contact with peanuts. Think of it this way: Passing it up saves you about a zillion calories.


Hot pretzels

Soft pretzel

 

Watch out for: Wheat, egg

Tempted by the hot pretzels at sporting events, the circus, and holiday vendors? If you have an egg allergy in the family, stay away. Pretzels may be dipped in egg before being dipped in salt. And any snacks from vendor carts are risky to all people with food allergies, due to the chances of cross-contact with other ingredients.


Deli Meats

Deli turkey

 

Watch out for: Tree nuts, milk, wheat, soy

Sure, that antipasto spread of deli meats or Italian combo sandwiches look tempting, but be careful if you’re allergic to pistachios, milk, or soy. That’s because deli meats can contain any of those allergens. Mortadella is an Italian pork that is sometimes made with pistachios. And soy is used in filler in some processed meats. And because the same meat slicer is used for cheeses, even a plain piece of sliced ham isn’t safe if you have a milk allergy. Fortunately, there are packaged cold cuts free of allergens (check labels).


Beer and Ale

Beer mugs table

 

Watch out for: Wheat, soy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts

Allergic to wheat? You know to skip wheat beers, naturally, but even a barley-based brew can be a problem due to cross-contamination and cross-reactivity among grains. Surprisingly, some microbrews are infused with peanuts and tree nuts (in restaurants, avoid anything advertised as having a nutty taste). And some malt beverages even contain soy, so it’s buyer beware.


Coffee Drinks

Latte

 

Watch out for: milk, tree nuts, peanuts, egg

Another drink to avoid if you have an egg allergy: frothy coffee concoctions. These products also sometimes rely on egg whites to create a frothy topping. Lattes and the like are also a potential hazard for those with peanut or tree nut allergies because nut-flavored flavored coffees and syrups introduce a cross-contamination risk.


Wreaths

Holiday wreath

 

Watch out for: wheat

Surprisingly, “non-food items are the biggest issue for wheat-allergic patients. Wheat derivatives are found in wreaths, ornaments, and other decorations, as well as soaps and cosmetics, and can cause a reaction when they touch the skin of someone who is allergic. Play-Doh also contains wheat and may trigger a reaction if it comes in contact with skin or if a child with an allergy puts it in their mouth (as little kids tend to do with everything). Non-food items don’t have to abide by FDA labeling rules , so it’s important to be alert to the kind of products wheat lurks in.


A Crackling Fire

Crackling fire with holiday socks

 

Watch out for: peanut, tree nuts, and seeds

Engineered fireplace logs are not a food, but they’re still bad news for some people with food allergies. The reason: They can get their crackle and pop from the shells of seeds and nuts. While not everyone with nut and seed allergies reacts to this type of environmental exposure, some people do. Bottom line: Skip the fire with sound effects and instead snuggle up in front of a gas fireplace, or one made from pure old-fashioned logs.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns you may have. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can ALWAYS find my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching you can contact me my from all of my links the I left below.

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Worst Christmas Products That Come Out Every Year

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 16! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 15 Days of #Blogmas

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Thomas’ Cranberry Swirl Bread

Tomas’ Cranberry Swirl bread

Nutrition: 1 slice, 130 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 200 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 3 g protein

A slice of sprouted grain bread has about 80 calories so we’re not quite sure how Thomas managed to shove 130 big ones into this fancy bread of his. There are so many better ways to spend all those calories. Wouldn’t you rather eat a cookie or maybe a big spoonful of almond butter?


Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha Liquid Creamer

coffee-mate peppermint mocha liquid creamer

Nutrition: 1 tbsp, 35 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 5 mg sodium, 5 g sugar, 5 g carbs, 0 g protein

While generally speaking, coffee creamers have recently started to clean up their act, the same can’t be said for all of the limited-edition flavors. This peppermint mocha creamer, for example, is made with artery-clogging hydrogenated soybean oil (despite the fact that it claims to be trans-fat free) and stomach-irritating carrageenan. If you’re looking for a delicious holiday-themed way to flavor your coffee consider pouring something from Coffee-Mate’s Natural Bliss line instead. The cinnamon cream flavor is downright delicious and the pumpkin spice bottle is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas time.


Cadbury Holiday Candy Coated Solid Milk Chocolate Snowballs

cadbury holiday candy coated solid milk chocolate snowballs

Nutrition: 16 pieces, 190 calories, 8 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 35 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 27 g sugar, 3 g protein

Anyone who’s had the Easter version of these bad boys knows that they’re impossible to stop eating once you’ve started. And with an entire day’s worth of sugar in a single serving (not to mention tons of potentially dangerous additives), these treats can lead your belly down a slippery slope.


Swiss Miss Candy Cane with Peppermint Marshmallows

swiss miss candy cane with peppermint marshmallows

Nutrition: 1 envelope, 80 calories, 1 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 105 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, < 1 g fiber, 12 g sugar, < 1 g protein

This isn’t the worst hot cocoa we’ve ever seen but it’s also far from the best. If you want to indulge in a cup of peppermint-flavored hot cocoa this season.


Peeps Hot Cocoa & Cream Marshmallow Chicks in White Fudge

peeps hot cocoa & cream marshmallow chicks in white fudge

Nutrition: 3 chicks, 150 calories, 3.5 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 35 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 27 g sugar, 1 g protein

The bulk of these Peeps are comprised of sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin, so are you really that surprised to learn that they’re on the Not That!


Archer Farms Rudolph’s Mix

Nutrition: 1 package, 270 calories, 13 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 100 mg sodium, 38 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 26 g sugar, 4 g protein

Everything from hydrogenated oil to a rainbow of potentially dangerous food colorings seems to have found its way into this trail mix. If you don’t want to blow an entire day’s worth of sugar on a snack that offers next to no nutrition, you’ll definitely want to steer clear. If you really feel the need to dig in, at least diminish the damage a bit by mixing the snack with an equal amount of raw, unsalted nuts and dividing it into three or four servings.


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I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

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