December 12, 2010

Tell Me Your Healthy Eating Habits And Enter To Win A Gift Card [CLOSED]

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Apple Latkes with Caramel-Apple Sauce

I’ve seen the tweets and emails and holiday invites, and I know you have too. Every weekend in December is jammed packed with a party, gathering, get-together or ‘hanging out’. And we all know that those evenings will be calorie and fat-laden eating adventures. We’ll tell ourselves we’ll just have a few bites, but we know the truth!

See those Apple Latkes at the top? And the caramel sauce? Not just any caramel sauce, it’s caramel-apple caramel sauce because I made it with the juice of the apples used for the latkes. Let’s see. Fried apple pancakes. Fried! Caramel sauce. Butter and sugar! No matter how healthy I try to imagine APPLE latkes to be, truth is they’re not. Oh, but they are delicious!!

What to do? What to do? I’m not here to tell you that you can’t eat holiday treats or the deliciously catered meals that lie ahead for you.

I had the opportunity to learn some great information about healthy holiday eating from the experts at Whole Foods Market. You know you’ll be going to those parties. You know you’ll be tempted. But you also know you’ll have little or no control over what is served. You’ll have to use your best judgement.

But what about at home? How can you set yourself up for success at home and carry that feeling of wanting to eat healthfully, even when faced with so many catered choices?

  • Sauté vegetables using low-sodium vegetable stock, coconut water or wine
  • Create oil-free dressings and marinades with less than half the unwanted calories by using nuts, seeds, or fruit
  • Experiment with almond or soy milk instead of dairy milks. They can be interchanged in most recipes and be just as creamy and tasty.
  • Substitute pureed cashew creams for heavy cream
  • Use dates and other dried and fresh fruits as a natural sweetener instead of refined processed sugars

And when going to a party, why not take a more healthful dessert like these fab Lemon Treats which get their sweetness and chewy/crunchy texture from dates and walnuts and balance it with tangy fresh lemon. These are easy to make too, and they’re sure to be a big hit!

If you’re craving something sweet at home or are thinking of an alternative to the traditional desserts, this Raw Apple Crisp is sure to tempt even the hard core dessert-lovers. You may even want to have this as a way to curb your sweet tooth before heading to one of those fab parties you’ve got on the calendar!

Now that you’re geared up to make your commitment to eating more healthfully, leave a comment telling me what little changes you’ll be making to ensure you’re looking more svelte than Santa come New Year’s Eve.

Whole Foods has given me TWO (2) $10 Giiv gift cards to give to my readers. You need a text-enabled mobile phone, as the gift card information will be sent to you via text-message. Standard text charges from your carrier will apply. Winner must live in Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona or Hawaii.

All valid entries before Friday, December 17, 2010 at Midnight MST will be eligible to win. Winners will be selected using Random.com and will be notified by email, so please leave a valid email address.

Sara

{ 5 comments }

Becca - Our Crazy Boys December 17, 2010 at 8:53 pm

How do I eat healthy?? I credit bountifulbaskets.org. Since we started buying weekly baskets, we have had 2-3 vegetables at each meal, and our family has tried several new fruits and vegetables that we never would have tried before. I’m sure of it.

My kids now LOVE grey squash, brussel sprouts, and yellow peppers, just to name a few. I love that they try new things!

During Thanksgiving, the co-op took the week off, and sadly, I noticed that our fruit and vegetable consumption went WAY down 🙁

Chelsea December 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I agree with Becca with Bountiful Baskets! Having fruits and veggies so available makes it easy to eat them regularly.
Also? I LOVE really good salads for work lunches, but they are a pain to make each morning. So last week I tried something that worked wonderfully. I washed and got the lettuce all ready, of course. But then I also put together a gallon sized ziploc with all of my favorite toppings mixed together. Tons of chopped veggies plus hard boiled eggs, feta cheese, walnuts, dried fruits, etc… Each morning I just popped in the lettuce and some huge scoops of my “toppings” and I was ready to go. It made the “I’m too busy” mornings non-existent!

Tracey December 17, 2010 at 11:08 pm

I try eating healthy, but as a single gal I find I eat out a lot which makes it a bit more challenging. I wish there were easier quick food options that were more healthy.

Mildred December 17, 2010 at 11:12 pm

I’m a senior citizen trying to fit healthy eating into my routine. But I sure love bread! I’m so set into my ways that I’ve had a hard time changing. I will keep working on it and hope 2011 will be my year. I appreciate you posting the great deals for Whole Foods because I used to think it was out of my budget. But now I know I can eat better and not worry about my fixed income.

Allison December 17, 2010 at 11:15 pm

I keep Kosher so I don’t eat a lot of meat because of cost. I find though that my downfall is having pastries for Breakfast instead of making better choices. My goal for 2011 is to eat a healthful breakfast.

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