Weekly Tips for Dec. 6, 2010

Posted on 06. Dec, 2010 by in Uncategorized

It is only 19 days to Christmas and already people are letting their fitness routines, slide away.  This is the most important time to follow through and keep up the fabulous work you have been doing. GUILTY-have had some early eggnog, cookies and cheer but right back into the routine Monday morning.  You have to do keep your fitness up, not only for you, but the rest of your family. You are the POWERHOUSE behind your family.  If they see you slipping, they will most definitely slide, too. Be strong, if you can’t get to your regular gym or class, jump over to the Fitness tab and there are plenty of at home exercises or one of my favorites, turn off Oprah and turn on Exercise or Fit TV.

Since December is in full swing and those holiday cards are staring me down, the tips this week are going to be more about how to stay motivated and keep your “aww it’s the holidays” indulges to a minimum.

Best Winter Foods to Keep You Healthy and Motivated.

There is nothing worse than fighting that holiday cheer hangover and eating every burrito that calls your name.  Then how do you feel the next day?  Terrible.  Here are the best winter foods to keep you going. 

Best Winter Fruit #1 Pomegranate. Pomegranate seeds are high in polyphenols, plant chemicals that fight inflammation. Mix the seeds into oatmeal for more flavor and crunch.

Best Winter Vegetable #1 Brussels Sprouts. Remove the outer layer of leaves, trim the stems, and toss with olive oil and sea salt. Place them on a baking sheet and roast at 425 degree-F until they’re nicely browned.

Best Winter Fruit #2 Persimmon. The antioxidants in persimmons can help control diabetes and the cell damage it causes. Serve the fruit with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella.

Best Winter Vegetable #2 Leeks. Many restaurants offer potato-leek soup in the winter, but you can also finely slice leeks and add them to omelets, salads, and rice.

Best Winter Fruit #3 Kiwifruit. One kiwi contains about 100 milligrams of immunity-boosting vitamin C. Add kiwi slices to a spinach salad.

Best Winter Vegetable #3 Beets.  Wrap one or two beets in foil and bake them in a 350 degree-F oven for an hour or until they’re cooked through. Then cut them into cubes to toss into a salad of greens and crumbled goat cheese. Add a drizzle of walnut oil.

Best Winter Fruit #4 Guava. One cup of raw guava contains more than 8,500 micrograms of the antioxidant lycopene, which may help prevent coronary artery disease. Pair it with blue cheese and figs for a snack.

Best Winter Vegetable #4 Kale. To temper kale’s bitter taste, gently sauté it with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chopped garlic, and pine nuts.

Best Winter Fruit #5 Pomelo. Pomelos pack flavanones, a class of antioxidants that have been shown to help prevent the spread of cancerous cells. Include them in a topping for a dessert sorbet.

What happens when you are swamped and can’t get a decent healthy meal or snack? You run to the vending machine and convince yourself that “just this once, Cheetos are what I need right now!”  Well, here is a way to get yourself something somewhat healthy and low calorie until you can make it out and eat right.

10 Healthy (and 10 Terrible!) Vending Machine Snacks

It’s crunch time, and the snack machine is whispering your name. Pushing the wrong buttons could be a diet disaster — so check out our top 10 nutritional nightmares, and the 10 smartest snacks.

By Virginia Sole-Smith

Guilty Pleasures

These 10 snacks top our “just-don’t-do-it” list. Most are packed with sugar, fat, and calories. Check out what you should avoid — and then choose from our smart snack options instead.

The Worst Pick

1. Drake’s Apple Fruit Pie

The Bottom Line: Nutritional nightmare

Second Worst

2. Austin Cheese Crackers with Cheddar Cheese

The Bottom Line: A trans fat fest

Other Guilty Pleasures

3. Pop-Tarts Frosted Strawberry

The Bottom Line: For sharing only

4. Doritos

The Bottom Line: “Nacho” best option

5. Skittles

The Bottom Line: More calories and fat than Twizzlers

6. Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers (27)

The Bottom Line: No fiber, no protein

7. Ruffles Original

The Bottom Line: Nothing but empty calories

8. Cheetos Crunchy

The Bottom Line: Not great, but could be worse

9. Twix

The Bottom Line: More “bad” fat than a Snickers

10. 3 Musketeers

The Bottom Line: Lower fat, but still candy

Healthy Snacks

These 10 low-fat and fat-free vending machine offerings are the best of the bunch — and some even include nutritious fiber, protein, and healthy fats!

Top Pick

1. Planters Sunflower Kernels (1/4 cup)

The Bottom Line: Full of healthy fats

Second Best

2. Baked! Lays Original

The Bottom Line: Surprisingly fiber-full

Other Smart Snacks

3. Sun Chips Original

The Bottom Line: Made of whole grains

4. Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels (20)

The Bottom Line: Naturally fat-free

5. Smartfood Reduced-Fat Popcorn

The Bottom Line: Low fat, and has fiber!

6. Peanut M&M’s

The Bottom Line: Just don’t go nuts

7. Fig Newtons

The Bottom Line: It’s fruit!

8. Nature Valley Granola Bar, Oats & Honey

The Bottom Line: Beats hunger

9. Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts (39)

The Bottom Line: High in protein

10. Quaker Chewy Low-Fat Granola Bar, Chocolate Chunk

The Bottom Line: Guilt-free chocolate

Think before inhaling that fruitcake, snowball cookie or Cheetos.  You will be very proud of yourself if you keep these hints in mind.

Some other holiday reminders:

For those with real trees — Don’t forget to water them.

For those really hard to buy for parents — Don’t believe them when they saw “We don’t need anything!”

For those screaming, crying children at the store – They are still yours and you can’t leave them there.  Remember this is overwhelming for them to.  Try to have some quiet, calm time daily.  Read a holiday story, look at the lights or talk about your family traditions. 

For that adorable husband who keeps saying “I don’t know what to get you!” – - Just go buy what you really want and give it to him to wrap. Life is too short to expect them to get the right gift.  They can barely match their socks.

Have  a great week and give us your input on anything/everything you see here or on Facebook.  The 2011 Newsletter will be out before you know it!

3 Responses to “Weekly Tips for Dec. 6, 2010”

  1. aspergers syndromes symptoms 11 December 2010 at 3:59 am #

    Thanks for some quality points there. I am kind of new to online , so I printed this off to put in my file, any better way to go about keeping track of it then printing?

    • Dana 13 December 2010 at 8:37 pm #

      If you have a smart phone or Iphone, you can add the list to your pad/sticky notes on your phone. Or you can print it out, reduce it and tape it to the front of your monitor. It really is just good common sense and reading labels. You know Cheetos are not good, but if its Pop Chips and Cheetos, the Pop Chips are a better bet. Good luck and keep coming back. Love to hear any comments you have.

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