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         Diet Buddy - Monday, December, 18, 2006

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Festive Stay-Slim Healthy Foods! 

Hi There Buddies...

I hope everyone had a nice and enjoyable weekend and got in
lots of holiday shopping without getting too stressed-out.  
The stores seem to be bumper to bumper with people these 
days which can get quite overwhelming, and frustrating for 
many.  For what it's worth, slow down, relax and take some 
time for yourself...we're almost there.

We all know that the holidays can wreak havoc with our 
daily routines, especially our eating habits and exercise 
program. Having friends and family over for holiday 
functions and nibbling on tasty foods at every gathering 
leave many of us hopelessly overindulging. We somehow seem 
to make excuses this time of year, telling ourselves that 
after the holidays, we'll be "good" again and return to 
our regular scheduled program.

This year let's take a look at some festive ways to help 
us choose not only delicious and healthy foods to eat, but 
also some smart alternative cooking ideas to stay ahead of 
the game and not wreck our diet plan. 

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Drinks!

GOOD - 5 oz champagne (126) - Good for pacing yourself -  
the bubbles encourage you to drink more slowly.

BETTER - 5 oz red wine (106) - Full of heart-healthy 
polyphenols, it may also help lower blood pressure.

BEST - 1 oz Stoli Blueberri vodka with 8 oz pomegranate-
tangerine flavored Hint water (58) - A daily drink helps 
fight heart disease.


Appetizers!

GOOD - 1 stuffed mushroom (69) - All mushrooms are packed 
with antioxidants, but more exotic varieties have even 
greater benefits.

BETTER - 1 bacon wrapped scallop (51) - An excellent source 
of protein, scallops are also rich in heart-healthy B12.

BEST - 1 lg steamed shrimp with 1 tsp cocktail sauce (13) -  
Shrimp is high in cancer-fighting selenium.


Entrees!

GOOD - 3 oz skinless chicken breast with 1 Tbsp apricot 
chutney (165) - Chicken is a low-fat source of B vitamins 
like B6 an niacin, which help the body convert 
carbohydrates into energy.

BETTER - 3 oz turkey breast with 2 Tbsp cranberry sauce 
(141) - Cranberries contain powerful antioxidants and also 
fight bacteria.

BEST - Lobster tail with a squeeze of lemon (99) - Lobster 
is high in immunity-boosting zinc.


Desserts!

GOOD - 1/2 slice pumpkin pie (158) - High in fiber, 
pumpkins are also a great source of beta-carotene, an 
antioxidant. 

BETTER - 2" chocolate brownie (112) - The flavonoids in 
cocoa can help lower blood pressure and improve circulation.

BEST - 1 sm sugar cookie (72) or 1 mini chocolate eclair 
(48) - You can cure an intense craving for sweets with 
just a little bite or two.


After Dinner!

GOOD - Coffee with 2 Tbsp half-and-half and 2 tsp sugar 
(77) Coffee is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

BETTER- Coffee with 2 Tbsp 2% milk and 1 tsp sugar (35)  
The calcium in milk fights osteoporosis.

BEST - Celestial Seasoning Candy Cane Lane Holiday Decaf 
Green Tea with 1 Tbsp fat-free milk and 1 tsp sugar (21) 
Green tea is rich in antioxidants.

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Cooking Healthy Tasty Holiday Food!

*  Leave the stuffing out of the chicken or turkey. Also, 
   make sure you remove the skin and bake your main dish on 
   a baker's rack so fatty juices drip off.

*  Instead of butter or oil, try fat-free vegetables or 
   chicken broth to sautee your veggies.  You can use broth 
   to cream mashed potatoes too. "Broth gives potatoes tons
   of flavor. You can even throw in some garlic," said 
   Tejal Parekh, a registered dietician from M.D. Anderson 
   Cancer Center Orlando.

*  Use a fat separator to skim off the fat from roasting 
   pan juices. To thicken gravy, use dry turkey-gravy mix 
   for flavor.

*  Instead of high-fat creams in staples like pumpkin pie 
   and eggnog, use low-fat or fat-free versions of 
   evaporated or condensed milk.

*  You can substitute brown sugar for a white sugar and 
   halve the amount you use in recipes.


*  You can substitute applesauce (the natural or low-sugar 
   variety) for oil when baking.  Use the same amount of 
   applesauce as you would oil.  (1 cup oil = 1 cup 
   applesauce).

*  Instead of thick, fatty frosting on cakes, use 
   confectioner's sugar instead.

*  Making that famous green-bean casserole?  Either use 
   low-fat or fat-free cream of mushroom soup or skip it 
   altogether.  Try green beans dunked in balsamic vinegar 
   with some garlic for a new twist.

*  Toss and bake hearty veggies like carrots and parsnips 
   in sweet (light) vinaigrette.  Try Ken's Steak House 
   Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette for extra sweetness.

*  Forget baking fat-filled pies.  Try something totally 
   different like fat-free angelfood cake with chocolate 
   sauce and raspberries to top it off. 


During a party, try these tips:

*  Watch the alcohol.  "Alcohol will really add to the 
   amount of calories that we are consuming over the 
   holidays.  As alcohol boosts our appetite, we usually 
   end up eating more,"  Parekh said.  Instead, try mulled 
   cider with cloves, cinnamon, allspice, berries and 
   orange pieces instead.

*  Start your dinner with a salad. You'll eat less during 
   dinner.

*  Skip the breads and choose one starch for your meal.

*  Try small samples of everything so you don't feel 
   deprived.  Key words here: small samples.

*  If you must have pie, skip the fatty crust and just 
   eat the filling.  Or opt for mini pies that encourage 
   portion control.

*  Use fat-free whipped topping to top off any dessert 
   instead of the full-fat kind. 

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There are many ways to cut your calorie intake, even over 
the holidays, by simply making some alternative choices.  
Foods can taste every bit as delicious as any traditional 
holiday meal without adding all the unwanted fat and 
calories that so many of us seem to blindly consume this 
time of year.  Why not spare yourself some "after holiday"
anguish by staying the same weight you were BEFORE the 
season began.

Did You Know ???

The six pounds that the average American gains over the 
holidays take an average of five weeks to lose, provided 
you watch what you eat and exercise.

Having problems keeping your hands away from those goodies?
Stop by our Diet Buddy Forum and share your concerns at...
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Have a great week everyone !!!

Disclaimer:  Since I am not a medical professional any 
statements in this column are strictly based on research I 
have done and should not be misconstrued as medical advice. 

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