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December 2007 Archive

December Health Celebrations

World AIDS Day

2 – 8
National Handwashing Awareness Week

1 - 31
Safe Toys and Gifts Month

4 - 12

Winter Solstice

Christmas Day

26 – Jan 1

in the News ...

Senior Care Directory (search by service and location)
Skin care: Top 5 habits for healthy skin - anytime of year
Winter Menus: Bright Orange Produce
Flu Shots: It's Not Too Late
Learning to Live with Vision Loss. Small changes make a big difference

Take Charge Tips

Eat Healthy - Keep From Overeating at a Holiday Party
Be Active - Exercise Can Help
Get Checked - Checking Holiday Toys
Be Smoke Free -Take charge! Be Smoke Free!
Be Positive - Focus on Family and Friends

Recipe of the Month

Eating is an important part of the holiday season.  It holds sentimental value as a long-time tradition.  A problem is that most of the food we eat during the holidays are high in fat and calories and not much else.

There are many modifcations you can make in traditional recipes to make them healthy and nutritious. In other words, you can have your cake and eat it too!

Try these tips ...

Change your recipes to have less fat and more fiber when possible.  Find ways to use whole grains, and include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your meals. 

  1. Use reduced-fat sauces for vegetables instead of cheese or cream-based sauces. 
  2. Try evaporated skim milk as a substitute for cream in some recipes. 
  3. Use reduced fat cheeses in recipes.  
  4. Try reduced fat sour cream or plain yogurt instead of sour cream.
  5. Skim the fat from meat juices when making gravies or sauces. 
  6. Baste meat with fruit juice or broth instead of fat.

You can also cut some of the fat and calories from your holiday baking, and still have the same great flavor! Some things to try are:

  1. Substitute 2 egg whites for 1 whole egg in baked products.
  2. Substitute half the fat or oil in a recipe with applesauce or fruit puree (prune puree).  Sunsweet™ makes a product known as “Lighter Bake” which is a prune and apple mixture that may be used in your baked goods.  
  3. Use chilled evaporated skim milk to replace cream.
  4. Substitute cocoa for baking chocolate – 3 tablespoons cocoa for 1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate (try recipe for Cocoa Molasses Bundt cake - see below).
  5. Use a fruit sauce as a cake topping instead of a high-fat/high-sugar icing.

More information:

Healthy Holiday Baking Tips [PDF]
Cocoa Molasses Bundt Cake [PDF]
Healthy Substitutes or High-Calorie Holiday Foods [PDF]



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