Christmas is nearly here! Earlier we shared some healthy tips on keeping weight down over the holidays. Here are a few more ideas to consider as the Christmas season is upon us as well as a recipe for healthy and delicious cinnamon roasted walnuts.
If you are at a sit-down dinner party, cut your first helping in half. That way, you can enjoy seconds (and your host or hostess will feel good about that) and the total amount of food you eat will be about the same as a normal-size portion.
Enjoy physical activity after a holiday feast. Find activities the whole family can do such as walking, biking, roller-blading or hockey, and develop family fun-time habits that can continue after the holiday season. Perhaps this would be a great New Year’s Resolution for the family?
Be realistic. Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays—this may be a self-defeating goal. Instead, strive to maintain your weight by balancing party eating with other meals. Eat small, lower-calorie meals during the day so you can enjoy celebration foods later without overdoing your total calorie intake.
Have fun. Enjoy traditional holiday meals and party foods with family and friends while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, too.
Looking for a healthy snack packed with big flavors that will leave your home smelling great and like the holidays? These would make a great gift as well!
Cinnamon Roasted Walnuts
- 2 cups walnuts
- 3 Tbsp. agave nectar or honey
- 1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil
- 1 ½ Tbsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp Kosher salt
- ¼ tsp cayenne powder
- Place a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat to 350˚F.
- Combine agave, oil, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne powder in a glass measuring cup. Pour over the walnuts in a large bowl and toss to coat evenly.
- Place the nuts in an even layer on a glass baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes, stirring at 6 minutes, and checking at 12 minutes. Nuts should be soft, and will get crisp as they cool.
- Stir nuts to cool and to continue to coat with agave mix that may have fallen to the bottom of the dish. Place on aluminum foil to cool completely, and continue to stir, to prevent them from drying in a large clump.
Author: LivingWell PDX Blog
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