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Bringing "Healthy" Home for the Holidays

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Are you looking for an effective way to navigate the holidays and avoid holiday weight gain? It's a hectic time of year, and with eggnog at family gatherings, gingerbread cookies at office parties, and candy canes in your stocking, it's easy to lose track of your diet. Add shopping, parties, decorating, and a thousand other holiday traditions to an already busy life and sometimes taking care of your health can get shoved to the back burner. Registered dietician and author of Eat Your Way to Happiness, Elizabeth Somer, M.D. has some fun and easy advice for you to follow this season.

Make eating well too easy to ignore
With an Oster® Ball® Personal Blender, whip up a smoothie made with yogurt, orange juice, spinach, blueberries, mango and a touch of fresh ginger to give it zing. Put its portability to use and bring it with you as an on-the-go meal or snack. It doesn't get any more convenient or easy to use! Besides, the mason style Ball® jar brings back memories of days gone by; bringing an air of nostalgia to the holidays!

Opt for small snacks throughout the day.Opt for small snacks throughout the day.

Don't skip meals or fast all day in anticipation of a binge
You are better off eating small, light meals throughout the day, and a light snack before leaving, such as a quick-fix smoothies, so that you are less tempted to overdo it at the party. Keep in mind that every unnecessary nibble at the buffet table averages about 25 calories. Four of those mindless bites a day and you'll gain a pound a month. Many people skip meals in an effort to save calories this time of year, but then are ravenous, which inevitably increases cravings and lowers resistance later in the day, which can lead to overeating at holiday parties.

Make your holiday beverages fun and nutritious
Switch from heavy cream to fat-free half & half; add fresh fruit rather than sugar; and make drinks attractive with a healthy garnish. Nutrition is more important than ever during stressful times so it's up to us to make it convenient, quick and easy. You can use the Oster® Fresh + Blend N Go™ Mason Jar Blender to whip up a super-healthy Holiday Orange Frosty in seconds that will fuel your day and curb the temptation to indulge in too much holiday fudge. It has 75 calories per serving and tastes delicious!

Holiday Orange Frosty

  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup vanilla soymilk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp Splenda granular
  • 1 6-ounce can of orange juice concentrate
  • 5 tsp cranberry-orange relish.

The greatest gifts during the holidays isn't the buffet table, the fruitcake, or the champagne. It's the conversations, the comradery, and the laughter enjoyed with friends and family. Plan parties around holiday activities that nourish your soul and build memories, such as caroling, tree trimming, skating, sledding, or strolling with friends through the neighborhood to see the decorations. By including small amounts of healthy foods, you can put a finishing touch on the get-together. Take care of yourself by eating healthy this time of year so you can fully enjoy this wonderful season.

Elizabeth Somer, M.A., is a registered dietitian who has carved a unique professional niche as a dietitian well-versed in nutrition research. For the past 35 years, she has kept abreast of the current research, packaging that information into her newsletter Nutrition Alert, easy-to-read books, magazine articles, lectures, continuing education seminars, spokesperson projects, and practical news for the media.

Disclaimer: This ambassador has been compensated by Jarden Consumer Solutions (JCS) and received the aforementioned JCS products for free in exchange of her tips and opinion.