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How Do I Survive All the Treats in My House?


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And you know that Santa Claus is not the only one who will be receiving cookies this holiday season, right?  Admit it; you’re looking forward to when that first friend or family member delivers a cookie tray to your house.

Food is a big and wonderful part of the holiday tradition.  For some of us, trying to make health-conscious decisions this time of year can be a struggle.  Though we look forward to receiving those cookie trays, there are probably secret sighs and groans happening, too.  The temptation can be hard to overcome when wanting to gorge on the sweet treats, and it’s challenging to stick to a healthy eating plan when so many desirable sweets are available.  Here are your nutrition and exercise tips for surviving this holiday season.

It’s tricky having sweets so readily available around the house. What are some ways you can control eating all of them at once?

  • Think: Out of sight, out of mind.  It is much easier to grab a cookie when they are sitting out on the counter rather than when they are hidden.
  • Take some treats to a family or friend gathering to share with others.
  • Freeze them; this way, you can enjoy your cookies or candies in moderation over the next few months as opposed to all in one week.  Store in a Ziplock freezer bag with layers of parchment paper between the treats.  When you are you ready to enjoy, thaw at room temperature outside of the bag for about 10 minutes.
    • An extra tip for storage: consider sorting the certain cookies or types of candy so that the flavors do not blend.  For instance, separate mint items from sugar cookies.

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