Surviving Holiday Parties

Here at beBetter we are halfway through our Season’s Eatings Challenge.  Season’s Eatings is a 6 week challenge that helps arm you with the survival skills and motivation to get through the holidays without gaining weight.

The average person gains 2-8 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years Day.  And to make it worse, that weight tends to stay on. So, how can you beat the odds?

Here are some tips from our Seasons Eatings challenge on “How to Survive Holiday Parties”

surviving holiday parties

If you are a guest at a holiday party or meal:

  • Don’t deny yourself the traditional holiday foods you’ve enjoyed since childhood. Enjoy moderate portions of what is being offered. Concentrate on eating slowly and savoring the taste and companionship.
  • Don’t skip meals earlier in the day. You’ll set yourself up to overeat. Eat a small serving of protein before you go to a party so you don’t arrive hungry.
  • At buffets, give yourself permission to taste things that are new or holiday specific. No need to overindulge on everyday foods. (How many times have you tasted potato chips? If you pass, you won’t be missing out on any of the new taste sensations.)

If you are giving a party or hosting a meal:

  • Include foods with healthy fats. Healthy fats (like those found in olive oil, avocados, and nuts) help you feel satiated so you will get full quicker.
  • Incorporate protein-rich foods in your menu. Like healthy fats, protein is satiating. Eating protein also gives your body a bigger metabolic boost than eating carbohydrates because protein takes more energy to digest.
  • Send the leftovers home with your guests. You’ll have less temptation to splurge the following day.

Click here for easy and healthy recipes to serve or bring to your next party.

One final tip:  Enjoy the holiday season!  Remember it’s not about the food, it’s about family, friends, and fellowship!

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Nature’s “Spaghetti”

spaghetti-squash-pasta-e1346082784821-300x300Looking for a low carb, low calorie dish that is healthy and delicious?  Try spaghetti squash (nature’s spaghetti).  While weighing in at only 42 calories per cup, spaghetti squash packs a punch with an abundance of nutrients that include folic acid, potassium, vitamin A, and beta carotene.  You can add a variety of ingredients to the noodles and create a wonderful side dish or meal.

Spaghetti squash is available year around with the peak season being fall.

How to Prepare

  • Cut squash in half length wise. (If you place in microwave for approximately 5 minutes before slicing it is easier to cut)
  • Scoop out the seeds and fibrous strings
  • Place halves face down on a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper.
  • Roast at 375 degrees for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Let squash cool so that you can handle it then take a fork and scrape the strands of squash from the inside of the skin. Presto…spaghetti noodles!

Serving Suggestions

  • You can add marinara sauce with or without meat.
  • You can add garlic, olive oil, seasonings and top with parmesan cheese for a basic, but tasty side.
  • You can add a variety of vegetables (onions, cabbage, spinach, kale, asparagus, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots…)
  • A portion plate favorite is to sauté garlic, olive oil, grape tomatoes and broccolini for a great side dish. Add chicken, shrimp, Italian (pork or turkey) sausage, ground beef, or any other protein and there you have it – a great meal!

The possibilities are endless!

No matter which program you follow, primal, paleo, gluten free, vegetarian, vegan or etc. you can add spaghetti squash to your diet.

Happy cooking!

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October 16, 2013 · 2:55 pm

Tailgating and Portion Control?

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tailgate-party

With all the excitement and food at a tailgate is it possible to practice portion control?  As the saying goes “if you fail to plan you plan to fail”.  So plan your tailgate using these tips below:

  • Stock your cooler with plenty of water. Since we often mistake hunger for thirst, keeping hydrated will help you recognize when you are full.
  • You can have your chips and eat them too! Just be sure to bring the pre-portioned bags.
  • Veggies are a great vehicle for dip.  Try them with guacamole, salsa, hummus and other non mayo based dips.
  • Skewers are great for tailgates.  Load them up with your favorite meat, veggies, fruit or a combinations of the three.
  • Craving sweets? Bake mini muffins or cupcakes and make your cookies bite-sized.  Sometimes all you need is a few bites to satisfy your cravings.
  • Pack the paper plates! Make sure when snacking at a tailgate to use a plate. If you stay by the food table and pick without using a plate, you can’t visualize how much you have eaten. Studies show that you underestimate the calories consumed by mindless snacking.
  • Put the food on your plate and then walk away!

Now you are ready to pack your cooler, put your out your flag and cheer on your team! Be safe and have a healthy weekend!

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Are We Really That Much More Hungry?

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What are those 350 extra calories really doing for us? Most likely, they are stored as fat.

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Looking to Grab a Healthy Snack?

Looking to Grab a Healthy Snack?

Make sure to read labels!

Strawberry Yogurt Breakfast Bar vs Organic Blueberries

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June 28, 2013 · 7:51 pm

What’s For Breakfast?

Unhealthy vs healthy foods

Ingredients of a Frosted Cake Donut vs Bowl of Oatmeal

It is true what they say, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. People who eat a good breakfast tend to have better weight control and are less likely to overeat throughout the day. After fasting all night, it is important to start your metabolism back up in order to increase and maintain a steady calorie-burning rate throughout the day. Eating a meal full of whole grains and fruit creates a good balance in nutrients and can keep you satisfied longer than a breakfast full of refined sugars and starches.

Eating clean is an important factor in keeping fuel in the metabolic fire to be burning calories all day long. Refined sugars and starches tend to give the metabolism a burst of energy followed by an even lower burning rate than normal, causing the body to become hungry again more quickly than if it were burning calories from a wholesome, clean meal.

Take a look at the difference in a Dunkin Donuts donut and a bowl of Quaker oatmeal, the difference is astounding. The cleaner you eat, the better you will feel due to increase use of your metabolism throughout the day. Next time you are tempted to get a donut try a bowl of oatmeal instead. Adding some fresh fruit  will add natural sweetness in order to satisfy both your sweet tooth and your metabolism to keep you fueled all day long.

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Do You Know How to Read Your Food Labels

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Know your nutrition label

Does your doctor keep telling you to eat low fat meals and keep that cholesterol in check? Are you aware of what you are putting in your body? Here is a shortcut to show you how to be aware of what you are putting into your body. Food labels are often overlooked and people are not sure how to interpret them. This simple fix can give you a glimpse into what your food label is really telling you about your food.

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