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How to Lighten Up Your Holiday Fare with Weight Watchers

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Swap Out a Sweet Potato Casserole & Drop In Candies Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a great food – rich in beta carotene which in turn makes them rich in vitamin A.  We take this holiday staple dish and cut out nearly 300 calories a serving  while leaving in the flavor and health benefits

Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

  • Just 1 cup of homemade sweet potato casserole, the kind with lots of butter, sugar, and marshmallows, can run close to 400 calories and can be anywhere from 11 to 13 PointsPlus depending on the recipe. 
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes: Our lighter version of Candied Sweet Potatoes is just around 135 calories, or 5 PointsPlus for that same cup.  Quite a difference!  And sweet potatoes are a great food – rich in beta carotene which in turn makes them rich in vitamin A. 

Recipe Link: http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/RecipePage.aspx?recipeid=87041

 

Swap Out Traditional Stuffing & Drop In Stuffing with Sage and Chives: Our spin on this popular dish cuts out nearly half the calories of the traditional version.  We use whole wheat bread in our version, which is a much healthier choice since it has more fiber in it, which helps to create a feeling of fullness, in turn satisfying you more than regular white bread

  • Traditional stuffing, depending on the ingredients, can run you over 300 calories and up to 10 PointsPlus for a 1 cup serving. 
  • WW Stuffing with Sage and Chives Our recipe has just 175 calories or 3 PointsPlus for the same 1 cup serving.  We use whole wheat bread in our version, which is a much healthier choice since it has more fiber in it, which helps to create a feeling of fullness, in turn satisfying you more than regular white bread.

Recipe Link: http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/index.aspx?recipeid=137351

 

Swap Out Traditional Pumpkin Pie & Drop In Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust: Our take on this Thanksgiving classic features a light graham cracker crust. The filling's custardy and rich, with just a hint of spice.  And pumpkin is so good for you.  Just like sweet potatoes, it's filled with beta carotene and vitamin A.  It's also another great source of fiber, which we all need more of in our diets. 

  • Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkin pie is usually a staple at everyone's Thanksgiving table, but it'll cost you calorie-wise.  The typical store bought pumpkin pie can be around 325 calories or around 9 PointsPlus for 1/8th of a deep dish pie. 
  • WW Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust: Our version has only 155 calories or 5 PointsPlus for 1/8th of a slice.  Another big savings!  And pumpkin is so good for you.  Just like sweet potatoes, it's filled with beta carotene and vitamin A.  It's also another great source of fiber, which we all need more of in our diets.

Recipe Link: http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/index.aspx?recipeid=135361

 

Activity vs Non-Activity.

Weight Watchers recently launched ActiveLink, a fitness & activity monitor that translates activity to PointsPlus values and assess levels then it challenges you to do more.  Staying active around the holidays can help you enjoy food-laden parties and keeps the balance between calories in and calories out

The monitor links to a personal web page where Weight Watchers members can track their activity, see how it measures up to their goals, and even get tips on staying motivated. What's really exciting is that ActiveLink is the only fitness & activity monitor that translates activity directly into to PointsPlus values.  So, it helps members better understand how activity impacts their health and overall results.

 

Remember that Thanksgiving is only one day out of the year, and really just one meal.  Focus on the things to be thankful for, not just the food on our plate. 

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