The holiday season brings to us what I call “feasting,” with all the gatherings laden with sweets and consumption of our traditional family-favorite dishes. Many people will gain up to six pounds during this season from overindulging, stress and lack of exercise. Stress causes cortisol levels to soar, which can lead to insulin resistance and weight gain. The good news is that exercise will improve insulin resistance and stress. By monitoring consumption of extra calories, along with some willpower, one can prevent unwanted weight gain. Moderate indulgence in these holiday treats may help curb the dreaded six.
1 c. 60-calorie Almond Breeze milk
1/4 c. egg beaters
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. rum-flavored extract
Mix ingredients in a blender until frothy. Sprinkle with nutmeg before serving.
One glass: 91 calories, 7 g. protein.
4 squares of 72 percent cacao dark chocolate
2 c. (or 58 pieces) Kashi Cinnamon Harvest squares
Melt chocolate in microwave. Dip one side of each cereal piece in the chocolate and flip onto a plate, chocolate side up. Sprinkle colorful sprinkles and chill for 10 minutes in refrigerator.
14 squares: 122 calories, 3 g. fiber, 3 g. protein, no sodium.