Archive | December 2015

Festive Christmas Snacks for Kids

Festive ways to keep kids eating healthy during the Christmas Season.

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Have yourself a healthy little Christmas

(To the tune of Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas)

Have Yourself A Healthy Little Christmas.
Let Your Treats Be Lite.
From Now On, Our Bulges Will Be Out Of Sight.

Have Yourself A Healthy Little Christmas.
Exercise Each Day !
From Now On, Throw Junk Food Where It’s Miles Away.
Here We Are Learning Better Ways;
Leaner Muscles…Get Less Sore.
Faithful Friends…Who Are Dear To Us,
Get To Cheer For Us…And More.

Through The Year, We’ve Been In This Together,
And If We Allow,
Next Year, Heads Will Turn And They’ll Be Saying: “WOW !”
So Have Yourself A Healthy Little Christmas Now.

Christmas Cheese Wreath

Each year, on Christmas Eve, I serve a cream cheese ball.  This year I hope to turn it into a festive Christmas wreath like the one shown below.


The recipe I use is as follows:

2 8oz blocks of light cream cheese (room temperature)

2 tins  Flakes of ham (can use tuna as well)

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. lemon juice

Parsley flakes/cut up chives

chopped red pepper OR little cherry tomatoes.

Place the cream cheese blocks into a bowl and beat until creamy.  Open the two cans of flakes of ham and fold into the mixture.  Add the Worcestershire sauce and lemon, mix well.

For the wreath shape use a bundt tin.  Place saran wrap into the bundt tin and sprinkle a layer of parsley flakes and chives around the pan.  Add the cream cheese mixture  in spoonfuls around the pan.  Press down with your hand to mold the cheese into the wreath shape.  Cover the cream cheese mixture with more saran wrap and place in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours until firm.

Once ready, turn it onto a decorative plate and place sliced red pepper or small cherry tomatoes around the wreath for a finished look.

Serve with a variety pack of crackers or, my favorite, Original flavor bugles chips. (a real favorite in our house).  If you are looking for a healthier alternative serve with celery sticks, zucchini sticks, carrot sticks.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

‘Twas the Night before Christmas ~ Healthy style

This little gem of a story keeps us focused on health as we creep closer to Christmas and enjoy the many celebrations during the holidays.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Everyone was exercising even the mouse
The dumbbells were stacked all in a row
Arranged in order from heavy to low

The children were skipping, with bright smiling faces
Creating natural endorphins with all of their paces
Mamma was on the treadmill, favorite song playing loud
Papa was on the spin bike, looking at his family so proud

When out on the lawn they heard such a wheeze
The family peeked out and there on his knees
Was an out of breath Santa who looked quite a mess
An overhanging belly and a face filled with stress

Many seasons of cookies had taken their toll
Not to mention the treats from the North Pole
Too much worry and not enough rest
Had left Santa a wreck, not at his best

No shortbread!, No oatmeal!, No brownies or cake!
How much more can my arteries take?
He pled without breath and asked for a chair
They obliged with a smile, hearts filled with care

“But Santa”, said the youngest, “you can say no”
“Or ask for fruit and veggies or eat paleo”
“Walk when you can and get lots of sleep”
“Try a hike up a hill, it’s fun when it’s steep”

“Don’t work so hard and laugh with your wife”
“That dear Santa is how to have a healthier life”
Santa was amazed at the child’s wise thoughts
He handed her toys, the ones that he brought

But what to his wondering eyes should he see
Toys meant for playing, toys for activity
a Football, a bike, a pink yoga mat
A kite, some sneakers, a wooden baseball bat

The family understood just how to be happy
Be active, play outside and just the occasional taffy
Moderation they knew was certainly key
Santa felt changed, he was finally free

He composed himself, ate a carrot or two
Enjoyed his short break, he had a job to do
He must tell the world, the importance of health
It’s not just about toys, excess or wealth

Up into the sky he went on his sleigh
To spread the message of health by the end of the day
At each house he left an extra item to share
A jump rope, a TRX, an exercise ball chair

The cookies he left untouched on the plate
It was time for Dear Santa to change his fate
He left a courteous note explaining his ways
That we need to do better during the holidays

Finishing his job he felt so much joy
Having helped change the fate of each girl and boy
He went home that night to tell the north pole
The new focus on health for the world as a whole.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

Christmas shaped fruit & veggies

I am always looking for creative ways to serve food, especially when it comes to special occasions.  Since Christmas is around the corner I decided to find some cool ways to display my fruit and veggies.  Below are pictures and links to some great ideas.  Merry Christmas and Enjoy!


Life lessons from a Snowman

A little humor for the Christmas Season!


* It’s okay if you’re a little bottom heavy.
* Hold your ground, even when the heat is on.
* Wearing white is always appropriate.
* Winter is the best of the four seasons.
* It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection.
* There’s nothing better than a foul weather friend.
* The key to life is to be a jolly, happy soul.
* We’re all made up of mostly water.
* You know you’ve made it when they write a song about you.
* Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!
* Avoid yellow snow. Don’t get too much sun.
* It’s embarrassing when you can’t look down and see your feet.
* It’s fun to hang out in your front yard.
* Always put your best foot forward.
* There’s no stopping you once you’re on a roll.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!!