Tuesday, December 13, 2011

a lot to share...

It's Christmas which also means lots of parties and LOTS of great foods!  That's okay, if you plan ahead you will have a great holiday season WITHOUT packing on the extra pounds!  If you're in the mood to munch at a party, bring your own great alternatives to the fattening appetizers that are usually served!  I suggest trying these instead...

Pretzels & Cottage Cheese
I tried it for the first time the other day and fell in love.  Sound like a strange combo?  I'm not super crazy about cottage cheese, but I do enjoy the Lactaid 2%...it tastes pretty good and doesn't make my tummy hurt afterward!  Before trying with pretzels, I'd eat a serving with fruit, but the salty from the pretzels is actually great!  Yum! 
 It's a great low-fat snack that's packed with protein, so give it a try!

Greek Ranch Dip
Mix one container PLAIN Greek yogurt with 1/2 packet ranch dressing powder.  Mix well and serve with your favorite veggies!  This makes a great snack and your guests will NEVER know that you've replaced sour cream for yogurt!  So sneaky!  My favorite yogurt dippers are broccoli and snap peas!  

Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
Layer the skewer, alternating your favorite fruits and cheeses!  Yep, it's that easy. You can make this super kid-friendly and fun just by adding fruit and cheese shapes!  Hmm, I'm thinking Christmas Tree cheese and star-shaped fruits!!!  HOW CUTE!  

Today's Workout:  Today I went for a run in the muggy, misty weather...ugh!  It was a light run, 3 miles but I am getting a little faster, so that makes me very happy!  Afterward, I came home and worked on planks and my son wanted to work on his planks too...pretty good form for a five-year old, huh?  Do your kids enjoy workouts with you?

 ...and totally nothing fitness or health related, but I've sure enjoyed this Christmas season with my husband and our boys!  My husband has had some time off and we've really enjoyed spending some quality time together, doing some fun and exciting things!  
Unfortunately he's not in this picture because he's taking it!  Ha!    
 May 2012 bring you much joy and happiness.  If you are working on goals for the New Year, it's never too late to make a HUGE change!  
The sky is the limit, so dream big and make 2012 the healthiest year for you and your family!!


Jessica Washburn said...

I agree. I'm planning and plotting my 2012 resolutions/goals. I can't wait to come up with something...I just love a fresh start and I can't wait to check off my half marathon January 15th. Wish we lived closer so we could run and do planks together. :) Jess

Anonymous said...

I think I'm going to have to try cottage cheese and pretzels. I had a weird craving for it a week or so ago, so I still have some laying around and it has protein and carbs!

April Westerhold said...

Thanks for the ideas. I have Christmas parties all 3 nights and I am looking for some ideas. I'm going to do the Greek yogurt/Ranch. I've never thought of that.

WannabeRunner said...

ooh great idea on the greek yogurt/ranch dip. Why haven't' i ever thought of that before? :)

Katie @ Will Race for Carbs said...

I am gearing up for some Texas running again! I am hoping it is better than it was in June! Greek yogurt dip is genius!

Mommy Minded said...

Love the picture of you and the boys! WE do yogurt dips too! I am making one this week for a fruit tray! ;)

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