Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Makan-makan Mardi - Healthy Holidays treats

Here's the season to be jolly... fla la la laa..
Aahh I can't wait for Xmas to come. The Xmas market, the pressies, and the cold outdoors but warm indoors and gingerbread. It's also the time where you said I can eat what I want, it's once a year and it's a season to be jolly!! LOL
At least that is what I'm thinking at the moment. Looking forward for the churros, olieballen, spiced orange juice, hot chocolate... the list can go on and on!

Luckily I subscribed to the Dailies Health Magazine. They started to send newsletters with all kind of suggestions (healthy guides) when facing this holidays season.

Taken from Fitness Magazine:
A few favorite holiday treats pack some surprising health benefits. Here's why you can enjoy a slice of your favorite goodie guilt-free.
By Alex Corrado

Cookies. Candy. Cake. The holidays can be one big fat trap. But before you steer clear of the dessert table, take a look at the who-knew health benefits of these seasonal treats. We're not saying to eat them with abandon (we wish!), but you can enjoy a slice of your favorite goodie guilt-free.

Pecan Pie
Research shows that pecans have the most antioxidants of any nuts, including almonds. As a bonus, they're loaded with cholesterol-lowering plant sterols and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

Pumpkin Cheesecake
A half cup of the canned variety contains more than 350 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin A, an immune-boosting nutrient. Plus, pumpkin has high levels of carotenoids, the pigments responsible for its bright orange color, which studies suggest may neutralize free radicals in your body, helping prevent disease.

A natural anti-inflammatory, ginger can reduce exercise-related muscle pain. The potent spice also aids digestion, which makes gingerbread a perfect finish to a big holiday meal.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November/December 2010.

Yummers... I was sceptic about Pumpkin Cheesecake.. but I think it's time to test it. What say you?

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