Ring in the New Year These Healthy Appetizers

Celebrating the New Year with friends and family? Oh course you have to have fun snacks to ring in the New Year. Try some of these great appetizers- not only do they taste great, they are actually healthy! I just finished making mine and can’t wait to midnight tomorrow to start eating them!

Ham and Cheese Stuff Pastry

These are phyllo dough shells stuffed with low sodium ham and part skim swiss cheese. Just pop them in the oven at 350 F for 3-5 minutes and they are ready to serve.

Banana, Chocolate, and Peanut Butter Pastries

These are awesome! Phyllo dough shell stuffed with natural peanut butter, two slices of banana, and dark chocolate heated until the chocolate melts and served warm.

Berry Tarts

A terrific sweet and refreshing dessert. Take phyllo dough shells, stuff with fat free vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Chobani here) and top with fresh berries. Serve chilled

Midnight Trail Mix

Great for late night snackers. Here I mixed Fiber One 80 cereal with peanuts, dried berries (cranberries, blueberries, and raspberries) mixed with dark chocolate chips. Its amazing!

Happy New Year!!!

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Give the Gift of Good Health this Holiday Season!


Encouraging an overweight partner or close friend to shed some pounds could be your best gift to them this holiday season. Yet, while most people worry that an excessive waistline might be affecting their loved one’s health, a considerable number shy away from raising the matter with them.

In fact, a recent survey found that while 59% of people worried that a loved one’s excess waistline would lead to serious health problems, most would shy away from telling them their concerns for fear of hurting their feelings.

This is NOT the time to be shy!! Carrying too much fat around the waist raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and stroke. This type of fat (called “visceral fat”) is metabolically more active than fat located under the skin and can trigger reactions in the body that disturb metabolic processes.

The answer? Weight loss caused by a low-calorie diet or exercise program can significantly reduce abdominal fat. The extend of the reduction depends on how overweight the person is and where their fat is distributed, but generally, the more excess abdominal fat they carry, the more they lose.

Several studies show that losing as little as 5 to 10% of initial body weight can reduce fat in the abdomen by an impressive 10 to 30%.

So… work up your courage! Suggest to a loved one with a large waistline that they should think about shedding a few pounds. Granted, it might not be a comfortable conversation, but as long as you do it sensitively, discussing it with them now could help them avoid critical health risks later down the line and could even save their life.

Encourage them to make simple lifestyle changes in the new year – such as becoming more active, making small alterations to their eating habits and replacing sugary drinks for water. And do it with the- the support of friends and family can help them be even more successful. In the long run it could be the best “present” of all – the present of good health!

Wishing you all a safe, happy, and healthy holiday!

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My 12 Nutrition Tips of Christmas!

Only 2 weeks until Christmas (and I just started shopping!!!). With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is easy to skip your regular exercise routine or reach for some less-then-healthy treats. But don’t panic. Here are my “12 Nutrition Tips of Christmas” to help you stay focused, on track, and healthy this holiday season!

Tip #1: Don’t skip all of your favorite holiday treats; just consume smaller portions of them.

Tip #2: Offer to bring a favorite low-calorie dish to holiday parties so you can enjoy it.

Tip #3: Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays. Focus on weight maintenance.

Tip#4: Limit your intake of alcohol and other high calorie drinks such as eggnog and punch. Instead choose water, tea, or calorie-free beverages.

Tip #5: Center your holiday entertainment on non-food items such as ice skating, singing carols, or renting a holiday movie.

Tip #6: Make an effort to maintain your regular exercise program throughout the holidays.

Tip #7: Eat a small meal or snack before arriving at a holiday party. This will keep you from being overly hungry resulting in overeating.

Tip #8:Eat slowly! It takes your stomach 20 minutes to realize it is full.

Tip #9:Leave fresh fruit around the house to decrease the urge to pick on holiday sweets.

Tip #10: At holiday parties, fill your plate once and resist the urge to go back for seconds.

Tip #11:If appetizers are served, fill one plate with your favorites and do not go back for more.

Tip #12: Make traditional holiday recipes with low-fat substitutions to decrease the calorie and fat content: substitute oil or butter with applesauce, use low-fat creams and milks, use herb to add flavor instead of fat.

What are your favorite holiday tips for staying on track this time of the year?

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