Holidays Tips, Oatmeal Cookies and Healthy Eating

Stay Active. Activities helps to burn calories and suppress cravings. Park further away and walk if you can. Make sure you stretch every morning. Get some extra calorie burning going. Remember you will be eating an extra cookie or two!
Watch out for Your Favorites. Your favorite food can lead into over eating. Alot of what you eat may be your favorites, that's ok, don't however waste calories on foods you really don't like and add extra calories to your diet.
Binging.  Simply over eating is not good, you will feel tired and bloated.
Watch Your Portions. Use a smaller bowls and plates. This tricks your brain that you have finish your meal and you are full. Always measure out your food and never eat out of a bag you will eat much more.
Avoid Soda or limit them: Sugar turns into fat. It provides nothing but empty calories. Reduce consumption, if possible.
Avoid or Reduce Alcohol Alcoholic drinks such as beer contains high amount of calories. Avoid or reduce consumption if possible. Did you know that 4 oz of red wine is around 88 calories? Think about how small of an amount that is, it adds up quick!
Indulge in Seasonable Food. Try picking food fresh and natural foods. They will fill you up. Great snacks include carrots, celery, raw broccoli, vegetables and fruits are great alternatives. 
Indulge in Something Other than Food. It is the holiday you will want to eat things you get once a year, it's ok in moderation, just remember you will be dissappointed on the work it will take later on to take it off. Try playing a game, even watch a movie with the family. Take a walk talk about old times and christmas past.
Dining Out : Ask your server to give you dressings on the side, steam vegetables without the butter and cut back on the calories you can eat more of the fun stuff, after all its the holiday and you have to enjoy the things life is worth living for!  Have a great healthy and safe holiday, eat right using portion control.

Healthy Oatmeal Spice Cookies
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup light or dark molasses
  • 7 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour

Preheat oven to 375 degree ovenLLine a large baking sheet  parchment paper or a nonstick spray.

Grind oats in a food processer until they look like a fine powder, 1 to 2 minutes, scraping the sides as needed.
Beat butter and 1/3 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 5 minutes. Add brown sugar and 2 tablespoons orange zest and beat another 2 minutes. Add molasses, applesauce, egg yolk, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, pepper and salt mix well then  slowly add the ground oats. Scrape down the bowl; with the mixer on medium, slowly add whole-wheat flour. Roll into balls.  Place cookies about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the cookies in batches  around 10 minutes or until the edges are set and the tops are cracked, but the centers are still soft. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 8 minutes. Serve warm or cool on a wire rack.


Curt said…
All very good points.

I like the "don't waste calories" tip. I say that a lot on certain foods.

When I'm eating something like potato chops, I always put only what I want to eat in a bowl, rather than grab the bag. I'm sure to over eat if I have the whole bag in front of me.
motherrimmy said…
Terrific post and great advice Claudia. I love the oatmeal cookies too. They are a favorite of mine.
Cookin' Canuck said…
Great tips, Claudia. I definitely have to stay active during the holidays. Not only does it help keep those holiday pounds off, but it helps me retain my sanity!
Shoutforfood said…
Aggie said…
Great post Claudia. I'm all about staying active this time of year. It's a must in order to balance out the inevitable eats that are always around!!
Heather Allford said…
Thanks for the advice! The cookies look fantastic :)

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