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Recipe Makeover: Healthy Pumpkin Mousse

A lot of people put their weight loss goals off for the holidays and succumb to a weight gain that they feel is “inevitable”, but don’t let that be you! Sure, it’s easy to say that you’ll get on track after the holidays; that you’ll really buckle down on January 1st; but you don’t have to go backward before you go forward. You can lose weight during the holidays! There is a way to take your favorite holiday flavors and combine them into recipes that bring you the comfort you’re seeking without taking a toll on your waistline.

When I say the word “tofu”, you probably don’t picture a creamy, decadent dessert, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not only possible, it’s delicious. And you can have it prepared in just a few minutes.

Each serving of this pumpkin pie mousse has only 148 calories and 3.4 grams of fat (most of which are unsaturated). It also contains 3.5 grams of fiber, 7.1 grams of protein, 191 milligrams of potassium, and 300 percent of the vitamin A you need for the ENTIRE day! The best part is no one will even know it’s healthy – unless you give them the recipe when they ask for it.

Pumpkin Pie Mousse

Serves 4

What You Need:

  • 1 (15-ounce) can pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 15 ounces silken tofu
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

What to Do:

Put all ingredients in a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth. Scoop into serving bowls and refrigerate until ready to serve.

That’s it! If you want, you can top it with crushed nuts, lite whipped cream, shaved coconut, or some dark chocolate shavings. Did you try it? Let us know what you think!

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Healthy Holiday Recipe Makeovers!

It’s December and that means the holiday season is in full force. You got through Thanksgiving and now it’s time for Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year celebrations. All you want to do is eat, drink, and be merry, but it’s difficult to be merry when you’re having trouble zipping your pants. The last thing you want to do is spend all of January and February undoing the damage you did in November and December. Sure, New Year’s resolutions are good, but if you’ve put on a few pounds over the past month or you feel yourself getting way off track, it’s time to scale back NOW. Don’t wait until January. The holidays don’t have to be an excuse to let your goals fly out the window. You can still stay on track while enjoying all the holidays have to offer.

To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some popular holiday foods along with some suggestions for making them more weight loss friendly.

Go for Turkey

Ham is a popular choice for a main dish when it comes to the holidays, but most hams are cured with sugar or glazed in maple syrup and loaded with fat. This year, swap the ham for turkey and stick to the white meat, which is packed with protein and lower in calories and fat.

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is an absolute staple at the holiday dinner table, but the rich dish is full of calories, fat, and carbohydrates and a single serving can easily put you over your calorie needs for the day. Try making  a lighter version of mac and cheese by using spaghetti squash instead of noodles and Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream. We found this recipe to get you started.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients, but when you eat in them in the form of a sweet potato casserole, which often contains loads of brown sugar and toasty marshmallows, the bad starts to outweigh the good. Use skim milk instead of cream and only a hint of brown sugar (really, it’s all you need!) for a lighter version of this holiday dish.

Cut Out the Cream

Many people have good intentions by serving spinach, Brussels sprouts, or asparagus with their holiday meals, but they miss the mark when they add lots of cream and cheese to make a “creamed” dish. Instead of serving creamed spinach or Brussels sprouts gratin, stick to roasted versions of the greens. This way, you’ll reap the benefits of the vegetables without taking in a lot of calories. Try this Brussels sprouts recipe or this Broccoli Soffriti.

Lighten Up Dessert

Staying on track doesn’t mean you have to skip dessert altogether, just make some better choices. Try some fresh fruit with some low-fat whipped topping or this fruit trifle.