Happy holiday’s everybody, it’s that time of year again! No, I’m not talking about buying gifts or breaking out the winter clothes, I’m talking about gaining more weight. Studies show that the average American gains anywhere between 1-5 lbs. during the 6 weeks between. Thanksgiving and New Years. In most cases, the weight is not burned back off! So what can we do to help prevent this from happening and affecting your health and waist line? Well, we have an answer: Optivita’s weight loss/maintenance challenge! Here is how it goes…
- First, get as many friends and family members that might be interested in participating to join up with you.
- Call Bill Sifert at (702) 461-9230 to set up an appointment to come into our store and meet in our conference room.
- Once here, we will take everybody’s body fat percentage and weight measurements down. After that, we will host a one hour seminar teaching you how to lose body fat correctly and how to not gain any weight during the holidays.
- Then we will all meet again within a week or so after New Years to re-test your body fat and weight again. The person who either maintained or even lost the most weight/body fat will win the contest.
- There will only be a $10 per person fee to compete in the contest, the entry fee will be used to buy the winners prize. So the more people attending the bigger the prize!
- For company challenges, we can come out to your place of business with a projector, lap top, scale, body fat calipers, and handouts to do the seminar at your work place. All we need is a place to host it in.
This challenge is no commitment event. There will be no pressure to buy anything at all! It’s just a fun way to meet our community and a great way to keep you and your family members happy and healthy during this festive, yet stressful, time of year. If you have any questions at all then please call and we will be happy to answer any you might have.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!!
Bill Sifert, Lifestyle Coach
Healthy and Tasty Holiday Recipes
First, here are some tips to keep you meals healthier while still enjoying your favorite meals:
- Reduce butterand oils in dishes.
- Offer fruit instead of cakes.
- Skip turkey skin and choose white breast meat.
- Eat plenty of veges. This will help fill you up and lower blood sugar surges (which can make you over eat and store more fat).
- Make low fat or vegetarian gravy.
- Make regular steamed vegetables instead of creamy vegetable casseroles.
- Bake stuffing on the side of the turkey, not inside the bird.
- Make small portions when eating, and if you are still hungry, go for seconds. This will prevent over eating.
- Always eat a protein with your carbs. This will allow for slower digestion and lower the risk of fat storage.
- Don’t go out to holiday parties hungry. Always snack on something before you go. This will help prevent over eating while out.
Bread Pudding Low Fat Pumpkin (serves 8)
- 1 10.5 ounce day-old ounce baguette
- 2 cups fat-free half and half
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup pure pumpkin
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 3/4 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 11 X 7 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cut baguette into 1 inch slices, then into cubes. Place in a large bowl and cover with the half and half, tossing the bread cubes to allow the liquid to soak in.
- In a medium bowl, combine beaten eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin, vanilla and spices. Add to bread mixture with raisins and blend well.
- Pour into baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes.
Per Serving: Calories 286, Calories from Fat 29, Total Fat 3.2g (sat 1.2g), Cholesterol 56mg, Sodium 335mg, Carbohydrate 57.2g, Fiber 1.9g, Protein 7g
Low Fat Crustless Pumpkin Pie (serves 8)
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 1-ounce envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 2 cups fat-free evaporated milk, divided
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, sprinkle gelatin in water. Leave to stand for 5 minutes.
- Pour 1 cup of fat-free evaporated milk into a small saucepan and heat until almost boiling. Remove from heat and whisk into gelatin. Don’t worry if it the gelatin has hardened, the hot milk will liquefy it. Stir in remaining cup of evaporated milk, sugar, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla extract. Stir until well blended.
- Pour pumpkin mixture into pie plate. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Per Serving: Calories 152, Calories from Fat 2, Total Fat 0.2g (Sat 0.2g), Cholesterol 2mg, Sodium 85mg, Carbohydrate 32.1g, Fiber 1.7g, Protein 5.4g
Acorn Squash Rings (serves 4)
- 2 acorn squash
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup orange marmalade
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Slice top and bottom from each squash and discard ends. Carefully slice each acorn squash into four rings, making eight rings in all.
- Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray. Lay rings on cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
- Combine maple syrup, marmalade and ginger in a small bowl.
- Remove squash rings from oven and brush with maple syrup mixture. Return to oven and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with glaze once again. Bake for 10 minutes, or until tender.
Per Serving: Calories 211, Calories from Fat 2, Total Fat 0.2g (sat 0g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 20mg, Carbohydrate 50.4g, Fiber 3.5g, Protein 1.9g
Low Fat Sweet Potato and Apple Soup (serves 6)
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 2 tbsp minced shallots
- 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
- 2 cups fat-free vegetable broth
- 1 cup nonfat milk
Heat oil on medium in a large pot or Dutch oven. Sauté shallots, onions and carrots for 4-5 minutes. Sprinkle curry powder and stir until fragrant. Add sweet potatoes and apples followed by vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Transfer soup to a blender or food processor and purée until smooth. Return to pot or Dutch oven. Stir in milk, then heat through.
Per Serving: Calories 176, Calories from Fat 26, Total Fat 2.9g (sat 0.2g), Cholesterol 1mg, Sodium 60mg, Carbohydrate 33.8g, Fiber 4.8g, Protein 3.8g
Thanksgiving Turkey (serves 12)
- 1 12-14-pound turkey, fresh or frozen (thawed)
- 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
- 1 lemon, halved
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 6 large sprigs rosemary
- 6 large sprigs sage
- 6 large sprigs thyme
- 1 tsp salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Remove giblets and neck from inside the turkey and reserve to make stock if you wish.
- Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water. Pat dry with kitchen paper.
- Place onion, half a lemon and 4 sprigs of each herb inside the bird’s cavity. Secure legs with kitchen string. Place turkey breast side up on roasting rack in pan. Squeeze lemon half into a small bowl. Brush bird with lemon juice and olive oil, and add salt and pepper.
- Place in oven and roast for 15 minutes at 425 degrees for an initial blast of heat.
- Reduce heat to 325 degrees. Baste turkey frequently with pan juices plus lemon and oil, and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reaches 180 degrees – about 3 to 3 3/4 hours.
- Remove turkey from oven and let stand for 15 minutes. Transfer to a warm platter and garnish with remaining herbs.
Festive Non-Alcoholic Drinks
The Holidays, New Years, and other celebrations always seem to incorporate alcohol into the festivities. A smart choice will be to designate a driver so everyone can get home safely. So if you either don’t drink or are the designated driver, here are some festive drinks to keep you in the spirit and your body alcohol free!
1 pint strawberries
3 cups apple juice
3 cups pineapple juice
1 cup guava nectar
3 cups tonic water
2oz lemon juice
– Wash and cut strawberries in halves and set aside. Combine all liquids in jug and chill,. Place 2 pieces of strawberries in a glass with crushed ice and pour drink, garnish with a sprig of mint.
Festive fruit punch
2 cups guava nectar
1 cup apricot nectar
1 can frozen pineapple
1 can frozen apple
6 can water
1 bottle sprite
Combine all ingredients except sprite in a punch bowl and mix well. Just before serving add sprite and serve chill over ice.
The Virgin Mary
4 oz tomato juice
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 dash of Tabasco sauce
1 pinch of celery salt
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of pepper
1 celery stalk
1 lime wedge
Combine all ingredients in a tall glass and serve over ice.