How to Prepare for Healthy Holiday Eating

The holiday season is fast approaching, and you have the feeling that your diet is going to go south. To prevent this from happening, be sure to focus on purchasing, selecting, and eating healthier choices of food items. You may be at parties where selections are already chosen; you must know which are the best alternatives. You may be at home where it is your food selections that will make all the difference. Here are some effective steps to take to keep your plan on target during the holidays:

Utilize the Half-and-Half Method

Whether you are in your own home or at a festive gathering, it is possible to watch what you eat without going hungry. Whenever possible, choose fresh fruits and any kind of vegetables first. Fill up half of your plate with these selections and then allow yourself to fill the other half of your plate with whatever foods you like. This method includes dessert servings; select fresh strawberries, canned peaches, or pineapple chunks on a small dessert plate. Then add small servings of cake, cookies, and pies. You can cut down on so many calories by taking this route with your diet.

Integrate Vegetables

Even if you don’t like vegetables, there are many ways to integrate them into your diet. You can even add them to your favorite desserts. For example, carrot cake has loads of julienne carrot strips in its batter. Smoothies can be doctored with fresh spinach, kale, wheatgrass, chia seeds, flaxseed, or wheat germ. You can’t even taste most of these after you add fresh fruit and other ingredients. Get creative with meals and figure out other ways and means to eat high fiber, low-fat foods.

Eat Before the Party

One way to cut down on calories and look like a dainty eater at the same time is to eat a healthy salad or a small plate of vegetables before attending any events where food is being served. You will already be semi-full and won’t be prone to eating too much salty, sugary, or starchy items. Your plan should include many strategies such as this to keep your weight stable during the holiday season.

There are many ways to eat healthier and cut down on unwanted fat and calories. These few suggestions may give you ideas for even more tricks and tips to get you through the season in great shape.

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A Diabetic Dessert for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for family and gathering together to feast is the most enjoyable part of the celebration. However, these joyous family times can lose a bit of their luster when diabetes prevents you from taking part in the festivities. Thankfully, resourceful chefs the world over have resolved to provide the best tasting alternatives to all of our traditional favorites, so you can add the sparkle back to the holiday and stay at the table a little longer. Eating Well has great ideas for holiday treats, like this one inspired by their Light and Luscious Pumpkin Pie.

Pastry Crust

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 extra virgin olive oil (any cooking oil can be substituted, according to taste and availability)
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free milk


  • 1 can (15 ounce) pumpkin
  • 1/3 sugar or sugar substitute
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon each, ginger and nutmeg
  • 1/2 egg substitute, frozen or refrigerate, thawed or 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • frozen light whipped topping (optional)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Bake Time: 55 minutes

For the Pastry:

  • Preheat oven to 450.
  • Sift together flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add oil, allowing to moisten into flour using fork to alternately fluff/press until it forms small clumps. Work milk into mixture and knead any loose flour into the dough. Form into ball.
  • Move to well-floured surface and turn ball. Use hands to flatten the dough working from the middle out. Rub flour onto rolling pin to avoid adherence to the dough. Roll the dough to an even 1/8″ thickness, to a 12″ circle. Using rolling pin to stabilize, move dough to 9 in pie plate and gently press to fill the mold, cutting away any extra. Any leftover dough can be used to cut out leaves of other festive shapes to adorn pie.
  • Double foil crust and place in oven for 8 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-6 minutes, until slightly golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Lower heat to 375.

For the Filling:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, spices and the sugar or sugar substitute. Slowly beat in egg substitute or add eggs one at a time and beat for 2 minutes, scarping the sides. Add honey and vanilla to the mixture. Slowly add fat-free evaporate milk.
  • Place pie crust back in the oven on a baking sheet. Pour filling into pie crust. Add any dough cut outs you might have made to the rim of the pie. gently slide into oven, taking care of spillage. Bake until set, approximately 40-45 minutes. Set can be identified by gently shaking to ensure a firm wobble, or when an inserted toothpick is removed clean.
  • Allow pie to cool completely before moving to fridge. Refrigerate 2 hours. Serve with light whipped topping for garnishment (optional).


We at The Marshes of Skidaway Island wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

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5 Healthy Halloween Candies

If you’re getting ready for your Savannah independent living community to welcome trick-or-treaters, you’re probably planning out the candy you intend to buy for them. Unfortunately, many popular candies are loaded with artificial ingredients, sugars, and preservatives. If it’s not healthy or beneficial to your body, it’s wise to avoid offering it to kids. Instead, you should go with these five healthy candy alternatives this Halloween:

1. Dark Chocolate
If you want to offer trick-or-treaters this year, you should choose ones that come in a “dark” flavor due to their variety of health benefits. According to Fitness magazine, they also contain less sugar and zero dairy products. Plus, they are also high in antioxidants which can help control blood pressure.

2. Fruit-Based Treats
If you want to try out new, healthy candy this year, you should go with fruit-based treats. Candied or chocolate-covered fruits are not only a great alternative to ordinary candy, but they are cheaper and easier to make as well. Your trick-or-treaters may not be too happy they’re not getting a large chocolate bar, but at least you can feel satisfaction in offering them a treat filled with vitamins and minerals instead.

3. Candy Containing Nuts
This is another great healthy candy option. Candy bars that contain peanuts, walnuts, and almonds provide kids with protein, healthy fats, and other necessary nutrients. Try to find dark chocolate with nuts for an even healthier treat.

4. Sugar-Free Gum
if you are looking for a candy that is both healthy and inexpensive, consider passing out sugar-free gum this Halloween. Though this candy is still sweet, it is a lot better for kid’s oral health than other candy bars. It also contained less sugar.

5. Organic Sweets
Look for natural or organic candies at your local health food store. There is a variety of organic candy which means you can choose from chocolate, lollipops, gummies, and more. Though these candies will likely still contain sugar, they are much healthier than other options. They usually will not contain any artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors.

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