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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Protein Holiday Treats
By Anna Sward
I want to participate in the Christmas-treat-eating tradition, but I also want to maintain my diet goals. Have any ideas?
The sheer amount of yummy treats and our desire to eat them exponentially rises during the holiday season! Somehow, it's harder to say "no" under the soft glimmer of Christmas lights and the sound of chestnuts roasting on the open fire.
It's also difficult to say "no" to grandma and her pleading. "Are you not having a slice of pie? Have one slice, come on; have a slice or two … it's Christmas! I made this pie … It took me ages … I poured my heart into making this pie."
And then there's Aunt Sue who chases everyone around the room with her oh-so-famous-Christmas cookies asking, "Have you had one of the cookies? Have one. You must have one. Here, have this one. Try it. Tell me what you think. Here you go."
How does one resist those sweet faces and their plates of treats? You have three options. One, hold to your diet and repeatedly turn down every single dessert on the table. Option two is to give your diet the silent treatment and properly indulge—it's only once each year, to hell with it! Option three, the best option, is to have your cake and eat it too! How? By making healthy versions of holiday classics, and eating them!
The benefits of giving your holiday favorites a healthy makeover are twofold. First, you can enjoy holiday foods without spiking your blood glucose to harmful levels or deviating from your healthy diet. Second, you get to show your friends and family how easy it is to make foods that look and taste indulgent, but are actually packed-full of nutrition!
Notes: If you want a taller pie, you can double the amount of filling and crust. You can also try making this recipe in little pie tins, or making pies inside silicone muffin tins. Also, try making the recipe without crust.