Also, December 2nd is National Fritters Day. Fritters are deep-fried blobs of dough with some sort of ingredient inside. They can be sweet or savory, but they're pretty much always high in calories. I searched for low-fat or healthier versions, but I came up empty. But, in case you're interested, here's an apple fritter recipe and a cauliflower fritter recipe.
I know it sounds like a good idea -- skip a meal so you can eat more later. But that's the problem. You will eat more later, and probably a lot more.
You might think you're saving calories for later, but because you're hungry, and probably a little excited, you're going to go overboard. If you've got big plans for tonight, then be careful with what you eat today. Like I said, don't skip a meal, but make your meals low cal and nutritious. Eat more fresh fruit and green and colorful vegetables.
Make time for a little exercise every day. Go for a walk outside if the weather cooperates, or walk inside a large shopping mall or a gym. Better yet, our Exercise Expert has a list of ten-minute exercises -- you can fit these routines into any busy day:
National Mousse DayNovember 30 is National Mousse Day.
A mousse is a light fluffy dish that can be sweet or savory. They're usually fairly high in calories with all the cream and eggs -- plus the sugar in the sweeter recipes. But I found a few mousse recipes that might suit many readers:
Water is important for normal functions, but you can mess up your fluid balance just a bit when you consume too much sodium or not enough potassium. So if you've eaten more ham and casseroles and fewer fruits and vegetables than usual, pour yourself a big glass of water.
More Holiday Help
I know that people don't want to think about healthy eating all the time during the holidays. In fact, it's a time of year that gets a little quiet for us nutritionists. But today I decided to offer one quick tip per day. I'm hoping if you do just that one thing, and then the next thing the next day and so on, that you'll have a healthier holiday and your New Years resolutions won't be so daunting.
Holiday diet tip #1 is share your dessert.
Realistically, cutting your dessert in half cuts out half the fat, sugar and calories and hopefully minimizes the health damage it does.
Also -- November 28th is National French Toast Day, which is probably getting totally lost with the Thanksgiving preparations. Here are a few French toast recipes for today:
There are basically three different ways to handle this: you can forget all about grams of fat and sugar, and eat with reckless abandon (probably common), or you can shun every treat that comes your way (kind of sad), or you can find a good spot somewhere in the middle. Like with the eggnog I mentioned earlier. Choose a soymilk version and cut the calories in half. The flavor's still good and it's not quite as thick, which I actually like better. I think another good idea is to nibble on something healthy before you run off to a party. Like an apple or a piece of whole grain bread with some peanut or almond butter - if you're not super hungry, you can enforce a little better control. At least that works for me. If you do the opposite - starve yourself all day with the idea of "saving calories," you just might overindulge in all the holiday goodies, and probably eat way more calories than I saved by not eating earlier. Not a good idea.
Not sure what's good and what's bad? Here's my list:Ten Holiday Foods That Will Ruin Your Diet.
When you're done reading about the bad foods, here's the good news: Ten Holiday Foods That are Good for You
Help for Losing Weight
Andean lupine is a legume, high in protein, and it also contains minerals and healthy fats. It certainly could be counted as a superfood some day, but right now there really isn't much research available. I'd definitely love to try some though! Andean Lupine