Now that the Holidays are approaching, how can families ensure that they don’t overeat?
#1) Exercise more in weeks before the Holidays. This will help you burn extra calories that you may eat during holidays or periods of stress.
#2) Eat breakfast. This will help control your hunger throughout the day and help you avoid overindulging.
#3) Lighten up the recipes. Try using fat free or sugar free ingredients in your favorite recipes to cut down on the calories.
#4) Watch your portion sizes. Skip the temptation of a second helping and enjoy a desert instead. There will be leftovers for tomorrow to enjoy again!
#5) Slowly saver your food. Eating slowly will help you to feel full and satisfied without over-indulging.
For times, when you need a healthier dessert, try incorporating flax seed.
Flax seed is high in most of the B vitamins, magnesium, and manganese, but it is also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, high in insoluable and soluable fiber, and is perhaps our best source of lignans, which convert in our intestines to substances that tend to balance female hormones. In addition, lignans may help prevent Type 2 diabetes.
A delicious way to incorporate flax into a daily diet is to mix flax powder into oatmeal for a satisfying snack or even to "cheat" every once in awhile and place them into brownies!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
1/4 lb butter (1 stick)
2 cups erythritol (powdered, not granulated)
1 Tbsp vanilla
4 eggs (room temp is best)
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp salt
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 cups flax seed meal
1 Tbsp baking powder