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Guilt-Free Holiday Eating

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The food just keeps building up during the holidays.  There are cookies, candy, cakes, pies, muffins…..notice I’m only going for health foods here…..not to mention all of the dips and cheeses, snacks, ice cream.  And, that’s before the turkey, ham, standing rib, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and everything that goes with dinner.

Oh, boy, I think I’m going to explode!

Well, don’t fret.  Just try to take it in moderation.  Okay, but I’ll have just one more helping of potatoes.

Best Health Magazine has an article on Holiday Treats that are a bit ‘guilt free.’  Here are just a few ideas to help over the holidays.

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Candy Canes – peppermint calms an upset stomach, and while peppermint tea works best, strong mints and candy canes can be a sweet substitute.

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Chocolate – one or two servings of dark chocolate a week has been proven to lower your risk of heart failure.

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Cinnamon – it can help reduce blood glucose, which may stave off diabetes.  It’s also carminative, which helps prevent bloating: plus it’s packed with antioxidants.

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Cranberries – this traditional holiday berry can prevent urinary tract infections.

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Nuts – eating nuts daily can help lower blood cholesterol.  Nut are a good source of protein, along with unsaturated fats, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.

There you go…..munch on!

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