Healthy Holidays, Happy Holidays
- Substitute low fat or skim milk instead of whole or heavy cream – This is a great way to keep your calorie intake in check because whole milk and heavy cream is loaded with unnecessary calories from fats. You can still enjoy your dairy and get your protein requirement from low fat and skim milk.
- Instead of using only white flour in baking, use half white and half whole-wheat flour – When baking, try incorporating additional fibre to your diet by adding a dose of whole grain goodness to your baked goodies.
- Choose dried fruits such as cranberries, raisins, or cherries, as ingredient for dessert instead of adding chocolate chips or candies – while chocolate and candies indeed add a twist to your dessert, using dried fruits as ingredient for your dessert seems to be a better choice. Not only does it contain the sweetness that you crave for, it is also laden with antioxidants and fibre.
- Use extracts or herbs when cooking – Instead of adding too much salt or butter, it is better to make the most of our herbs and spices such as garlic, onion, pepper, rosemary, dill, thyme, ginger, and cloves.
- Take note of the mode of cooking – The goal is to cut off those unnecessary calories during the season. Baking, grilling, or steaming definitely helps cut those calories off compared to frying.
- Use whole-grain breads, rice and pasta – it wouldn’t hurt to be conscious of the amount of fibre you consume even during holidays. Remember that fibre helps in controlling your blood sugar level as well as your cholesterol levels. Moreover, fibre also helps you maintain a healthy tummy. Good thing that Gardenia offers various healthy bread options such as Gardenia High Fiber Whole Wheat Bread, Gardenia High Fiber Wheat Raisin Loaf, Gardenia Slim ‘n Fit Wheaten Bread, and Gardenia Wheat Cranberry Loaf. These breads are not only rich in whole-grain goodness but are also a good source of vitamins and minerals.
Gardenia Berry Surprise
(Carbohydrates: 43g Protein: 10g Fat: 9g Fiber: 6g Calories: 283 kcal)
4 slices Gardenia High Fiber Whole Wheat Bread
40 grams Strawberries, chopped
40 grams Cottage Cheese, drained
10 grams Coco sugar
40 grams Kraft Miracle Whip
- Prepare and toast 4 slices of Gardenia High Fiber Whole Wheat Bread.
- In a bowl, mix together coco sugar and Kraft Miracle Whip.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the strawberries and cottage cheese.
- Spread the coco-mayo mixture equally to the 4 slices of Gardenia High Fiber Whole Wheat Bread.
- Equally divide the strawberry-cottage cheese mixture on top of the 2 slices of Gardenia High Fiber Whole Wheat Bread and cover with another 2 slices of Gardenia High Fiber Whole Wheat Bread.
You should also take note that while it is a holiday season, you shouldn’t forget to stay physically active to have a healthy energy balance. Remember, energy in equal energy out. If you don’t move it, don’t be surprised to see those extra pounds on your waistline. As per the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) it is recommended that an average adult engage in 150-minute of moderate activity per week, such as brisk walking. So go for an afternoon or evening walk, jog, or run. It’ll be more fun if you do it with your family. Eating healthy and being active may take effort but this will increase your likelihood of celebrating more Christmases and holidays with your loved ones. So be healthy and have a happy holiday!
http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/index.htm accessed November 16, 2016