I'll be the first to admit that I love the sweet treats of winter, from peppermint mochas to gingerbread cookies to a good 'ol glass of eggnog. But of course, there's festive food and drink everywhere this time of year, so I can't endlessly indulge. I decide when it's worth it to have the real thing and when I take healthier shortcuts. As my holiday gift to you, I'm taking you to dessert school. You're about to learn what other dietitians and I designate as "worth it" in the dessert department.
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With a little planning, you can enjoy the holidays while also keeping the pounds off (and maybe even losing a few, too). Yes, you can lose weight this holiday season! See what advice I give in this ReadersDigest.com article. Need some help in cooking at home? See my thoughts on Hello Fresh meals.
Here's a dessert for breakfast you won't feel the least bit guilty about! This decadent-tasting, protein-rich meal will help keep you going all morning. I started with a pretty basic chia pudding: I combined low-fat milk (you can also use an alternative milk, such as unsweetened almond milk) with chia seeds and vanilla extract. I let the mixture plump up in the fridge for about an hour before taking it to the next level.
Pomegranates are in season through winter! Enjoy their delightful crunch in these mini chocolate dessert cups. Plus, the pomegranate arils provide a delightful crunch while adding sweetness via nature's candy, fruit.
While I love a glass of milk, I also think nut milks are delicious and can be great additions to my day and to my recipes. But with so many different dairy-free milk alternatives out there, choosing the right one can be challenging. Not every alternative features the same nutritional benefits, for starters.
Let’s face it: Weight loss is difficult this time of year. Even as a registered dietitian nutritionist, I know the struggle of wanting to chow down on one too many baked goods when faced with a holiday dessert buffet. However, taking control of my food choices during winter festivities can help prevent weight gain this season. Together, we can tackle the holidays, possibly even ending up a few pounds lighter!
Ruby red pomegranates are in season! Pomegranate arils are filled with fiber and add a delicious crunch to French toast. look forward to pomegranate season every year, which starts in October and goes through January. The seeds of the fruit, called arils, are so crunchy and juicy. They're healthy, too: They're bursting with antioxidants and satiating fiber.