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3 Tips to Avoid Weight Gain Over the Holiday Season

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Holiday season. Yep, this is the time where we tumble through a bunch of food-centric holidays back to back to back—Halloween candies, Thanksgiving feasts, Friendsgiving dinners, Christmas cakes, holiday parties and free booze, New Years Eve parties and more booze.

So you know what lots of celebrations and heavy meals spell right? The high potential for weight gain. That’s why today I am going to help you avoid the holiday fifteen with three tips to stay fit during the holiday season.

Take up a winter sport like snowboarding or skiing – Both sports torch calories, especially if you aren’t particularly good at them and fall over a lot. I would say snow tubing isn’t a sport and doesn’t really burn that many calories, but if it’ll get you out of the kitchen, go for it! Obviously, the time spent on the slopes will also take your mind off all the holiday treats you could be pounding. Plus, you will probably be exhausted after a day in the snow and want nothing more than to climb in your warm bed and doze off, instead of whip up a meal.

Go for a long walk after meals – Not only is this good for digestion but going for a walk will help to keep the pounds at bay as you burn off the calories you have just consumed. Also, getting out of the house and clearing your head means a lesser chance of nibbling on food that you definitely don’t need.
Intermittent fast – Since most of the heaviest meals around the holidays tend to be dinner, go light on breakfast and lunch or skip it all together so that you can enjoy your social holiday parties and family dinners without any guilt.
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Pumpkin Pie Alternative for a Snack – Only 150 to 250 Calories!

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I discourage snacking in favor of eating a full meal, because typically the snacks people choose contain lots of calories and you end up feeling hungry a very short while afterwards. Sometimes though, you just don’t want to cook or you’re out at a party and feeling hungry and there’s nothing but fast food restaurants and deli’s open! I get it…

That’s why I’m always on the prowl for snacks that will be filling without tons of carbs and sugar.

My go to snack on such occasions used to be a 120 calorie bag of popcorn, but it turns out I am allergic to popcorn.

Thankfully, I’ve found something else that only takes all of 10 minutes to prepare – Pumpkin Graham Crackers

INSTRUCTIONS:

First, turn the oven to 375 degrees

All you have to do is get the healthiest version of graham crackers that you can find. 2 full cracker sheets are anywhere from 110 to 120 calories. The most you should have in one sitting is 4. Lay your sheets on a piece of foil lined baking pan.

Next, you need organic pumpkin. You can buy a bag or buy a full pumpkin/roast and refrigerate it to last you 5x longer. Since I’m pressed for time, I just get the bag of organic pumpkin for around $4, but I did buy a whole pumpkin for $4 which I plan to cook this weekend. The organic pumpkin should be 35 calories for 112 grams or 4 ounces.

Put 4 ounces in a bowl and mix in a teaspoon of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin or all spice. DO NOT ADD SUGAR. The sugar in the graham crackers will suffice. Mash and stir it all up and then spread evenly over the 2 to 4 graham cracker sheets. Plop it in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes.

Take it out and enjoy!

I whip my pumpkin really well, so it tastes nice and fluffy. The volume of the pumpkin will fill you up.

Now, whenever you really want a snack or a treat, you can get a shot of it with this yummy recipe. If you try it, let me know what you think!

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