Friday, December 23, 2016

Stay in Those Skinny Jeans This Christmas: 6 Healthy Holiday Snacks to Savor

At Body SymmetryMD we know the next few days are about to be some of the most challenging of the entire year, with those upcoming holiday gatherings and especially all that tempting, calorie-laden food...

So while you're busy wrapping last-minute presents or putting the final touches on your festive decor, here are 6 healthy holiday snack ideas from our wellness squad to help you maintain the same pant size throughout your entire week of fun festivities:

1. Slice, slice, baby.
Sliced veggies are a classic yet crunchy bite to eat when you're feeling a bit famished. Plus, they're a hassle-free way to get in your daily recommendation of vitamins and other nutrients. Spruce up your favorite veggies (we prefer sliced bell peppers, cauliflower chunks and celery sticks) with a small serving of low-fat Greek yogurt like Fage 2% and you've got a delish dish without all the added fat or processed carbs!

1. Happy trails to you...
Instead of baking cookies this year, how about fixin' up a nutritious homemade trail mix instead? Our favorite combo is comprised of organic, air-popped kernel corn, gluten-free cereal like Rice Chex, oven-roasted pecans and dried cranberries. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon and Stevia to sweeten your concoction just a bit more and wa-lah... a nutrient-rich holiday trail mix even your kids will love!

3. Enjoy the "big apple" without stepping foot in an airport.
They're not just known for keeping the doctor away... they're known for being chock full of fiber to satiate you much longer in between meals. Yes, we're talkin' bout good, ol' fashioned apples (Fuji apples are our fave). For added protein and extra flavor, slice up your fruit and serve with a big tablespoon of peanut butter (JIF Natural with Honey is our newest greatest discovery).

4. Whip it. Whip it good.
Ever tried the frozen version of light whipped topping as an alternative? If not, then head to the freezer aisle of your local grocery store immediately. Serve up one heaping scoop of the white stuff and top with fresh diced fruit and chopped nuts (like almonds or walnuts) for a cool treat that's amazing with every single bite!

5. Things that make you go humm-us.
What's jam-packed with protein as well as fiber and comes with crispy crunch? Whole wheat pita chips with hummus served inside of bell peppers as bowls! Not only is this small meal low in calories, using red and green peppers adds some festive flare to fare in a snap!

6. H-2-Ohhhhhh!
Chugging down water doesn't have to be boring. You can actually jazz it up without adding in extra calories. How? By infusing your clear-colored beverage with fresh fruit. Our wellness squad loves sliced cucumbers in seltzer water or for an even sweeter treat, sliced strawberries in your favorite flavor of La Croix fizzy water!

So there you have it. 6 quick, easy snacks you can make and enjoy without the guilt (with 100% of the flavorful fun). 

For more great nutrition tips or to find out about our Body SymmetryMD weight loss programs & services CLICK HERE.

Here's to staying in those skinny jeans throughout the end of the year!
--Your Body SymmetryMD Wellness Squad

Sunday, December 18, 2016

O' Christmas Treats: Body SymmetryMD 's Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you think eating healthfully during the holidays is impossible, have we got good news for you...

Here's a yummy and nutritious Christmas favorite from our Body SymmetryMD wellness squad that even Santa will love!

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies 

- 3 1/4 cups almond  meal
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon organic vanilla  extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 2 eggs

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grab a cookie sheet and some parchment paper or aluminum foil.

2. Combine 3 and 1/4 cups of almond flour with a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda.

3. In a large bowl combine 2 eggs, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1/2 cup of honey.

4. Combine wet and dry ingredients, then add 1 and 1/2 cups chocolate chips.

5. Spoon mixture in to small balls, place them onto parchment paper/foil-covered cookie sheet and pop them into the oven (this recipe makes about 24 cookies, and we usually prepare 2 rounds of 12).

6. Bake cookies for about 8-10 minutes (the tops will start to turn golden brown). 

7. Place a few cookies on a plate. Leave the plate next to a glass of almond (or rice) milk for Santa and enjoy the rest of your delicious, low-calories treats!

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving: 1 cookie (approx. 26 g)
Calories: 132
Protein: 2.7g
Sugar: 7.9g

For more great nutrition tips or information about our medical weight loss programs at Body SymmetryMD click here.

Here's to a happy & healthy holiday!
--Your Body SymmetryMD Wellness Squad