Healthy Holiday How To’s!

Well the #holidays are upon us, and it’s all about celebrating with family/friends and, of holiday-piecourse, eating lots of food (sometimes more than we want to).

Between the mashed potatoes, buttery rolls, stuffing, desserts and sweet pies, and holiday drinks at all your favorite bars and coffee houses, it’s easy to “over-indulge”! But no matter how tempting one more piece of pie or that fancy drink may be, it’s important for us to continue to make smart and healthy eating choices during this time of year.
So here’s my ever so humble advice:

  1.  Use smart substitutions when cooking: try egg whites instead of whole eggs; use low or nonfat dairy items; serve whole grain vs white rolls; try Splenda instead of sugar; use real baked yams instead of canned or candied yams; try using sodium free seasonings or real onions and garlic cloves instead of salt, garlic salt, onion salt….just to name a few!
  2. Eat a healthy meal at home before you go to a holiday party.
  3. Pace yourself and eat slowly. Remember it actually takes 20 minutes for your brain to get the signal that you are full. Tip: put your fork down (all the way on the table people …LOL) between each bite.. and complete your chewing and swallowing before you reach for that fork again..Ha!
  4. Skip the salty pre-meal snackage.
  5. Monitor or try 86’ing the whip cream and marshmallows on those fancy coffee house drinks.
  6. Drink plenty of water at meal time and between cocktails. This will help from over-indulging.
  7. Don’t stand at the buffet table, this actually promotes you eating more food than you need. Take a plate and sit down.
  8. Take a walk after you eat or head to the gym earlier in the day. It’s important to expend more calories that you take in.
  9. Focus on socializing! Conversation is “Calorie Free!”
  10. Say “No” politely: “I couldn’t possibly have another bite, but it was so delicious!”
  11. Allow yourself only one indulgence, whether it be a cocktail, a dessert or a second helping of your favorite holiday food.

Just remember… we do have to live and it’s okay to enjoy food. Just be smart. If you are a person who goes to many holiday parties, it’s best to strategize, because before you know it, those 5-10 lb of holiday weight will creep up. And it’s easier to gain weight than to lose it!

Happy Healthy Holidays!

#holidayeating #happyholidays #eatright #Healthyeating #Howtoeatduringtheholidays #Healthyeatingtips #holidayparties #randisfitness #randisnutrition

Tuesday Tip!

eat real foodTuesday Tip!
Take some time today to learn to eat real food!
Not processed, low calorie, non fat, packaged food or supplements to make up for the nutrients you’re depriving yourself when you decide to “diet” (ugh that dreaded word again) or deprive yourself of food, when you think that skipping meals will help you lose weight!
Try eating 3 meals and 2 small snacks that are balanced with those 3 little basic macronutrients called “Carbohydrates (oohh.. yeah), Protein and Fat!”
Yes.. we NEED all three of these to create energy and satiety and ultimately survive!
 
So please…… don’t be afraid to eat REAL FOOD!!!!! 
I promise you will like it!
#Livelifetothefullest #SayNoToDiets #EatRealFood #BasicMacronutrients #WhatisRealFoodYouAsk #Don’tDeprive #energy #eatRight #Lifestyle #Healthy #WholeFoods #RealFood #RandisNutrition
Now go eat!!!!!!

 

National Coffee Cake Day April 7th, 2016

National Coffee Cake Day

Randi’s Low Fat Streusel Coffee Cake

Today is National Coffee Cake Day!!!!!

Can you imagine a day dedicated to yummy coffee cake?

What a great day to celebrate.. we have permission to eat yummy coffee cake on this day.

So in honor of #NationalCoffeeCakeDay, I’m going to share my most famous (or maybe it’s just infamous) coffee cake that I make for ALL my guests who I invite over for dinner, or bring to their home when I ask “what I can bring”….teehee…

So here it goes……….

Randi’s Low Fat/Low Sugar Streusel Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix (try the reduced sugar one by Pillsbury)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 butter or margarine, chilled
  • 1 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Measure 2/3 cup of cake mix and put into a medium bowl. Add chocolate chips, nuts, butter/margarine and Splenda Brown Sugar Blend. Mix by hand until crumbly
  • Pour the remaining cake mix into another bowl
  • Add egg whites and sour cream and mix with a blender until smooth
  • Spray a 9-inch springform pan (the kind that has a bottom that drops out) with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Pour 1/2 the batter into the pan. Spread evenly across the bottom
  • Evenly sprinkle 1/2 of the crumbly topping on top.
  • Layer the remaining batter on top of the topping and spread as evenly as you can
  • Top it off with the remaining crumb topping
  • Place in the over for about 30 minutes

And of course …….Enjoy

January 2016 Featured RDN of the Month

Hi…

Check out my JANUARY Featured RDN Story of the Month on the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND) Website

Bonita “Bonnie” Hart, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist of Food and Nutrition Management Services, Inc! www.fnmsnet.org

She has been serving the dietetics profession since 1964!!! WOW.. can you imagine!

www.dietitian.org/featured_rdn.htmlphoto

Anna & Bonnie CDA photo

Gluten Free “Diet” Ha!

glu·ten
ˈɡlo͞otn/
noun
A substance present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. A mixture of two proteins, it causes illness in people with celiac disease.

Gluten free fad

 

A gluten-free diet (and there it is…. that dreaded word “diet” again!), is a diet that excludes gluten, a protein composite found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye.
Gluten can cause health problems in those who suffer from celiac disease and in “some” cases of wheat allergy. For those diagnosed with celiac disease, a strict gluten-free diet is the only effective treatment to date. There is ongoing research and debate on non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Some people believe that there are health benefits to gluten-free eating for the general population, but there is NO published experimental evidence to support such claims.
Eating gluten free is NOT a weight loss regimen and it is frustrating to hear that people go on this diet to lose weight. So far I have not known anyone to lose even an ounce by becoming “gluten free!”
So please people learn how to eat right, portion your food, quit eating junk food and fatty foods and drinking alcohol every night…..and……Get yourself on a workout regimen!!!! Quit looking for any excuse not to actually change your lifestyle and I PROMISE you.. you will lose weight!