My New “Not So Guilty Pleasure”

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m already starting to fantasize about all of the yummy sites, smells and tastes! And because I’ve been eating clean and getting myself in shape, I plan to indulge and enjoy myself. 

My favorite dessert is Pumpkin Cheesecake. I always make sure I save room for this. Well imagine my delight when a friend at work presented me with Oikos’ Seasonal Pumpkin Pie flavor greek yogurt! I was in heaven. I thought it was the best thing ever, until I looked and saw it had 19 grams of mainly refined sugar. To me, that’s still considered a treat vs. an everyday, healthy snack. 

Dannon-PumpkinPieSingle-seasonal-slideshowBut then an idea hit me… what if I made my own? It seemed simple enough, so I played around in my kitchen and voila! For your enjoyment, here is my recipe for what I like to call Pumpkin Cheesecake Greek Yogurt:

 

1 cup non-fat plain greek yogurt (I personally like Fage)

2 – 3 tablespoons plain pumpkin puree* (the amounts are flexible…. it depends on how much pumpkin flavor you like.)

1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Spice (or more depending on how much spice you like. I personally love it, so I get pretty heavy handed with it!)

For a low sugar version, add 2 – 4 drops Sweet Leaf Stevia Drops (Hazelnut)

For a little higher sugar version, 1/2 tsp raw honey

*Make sure you use pumpkin puree vs pumpkin pie mix. I use the organic canned version from Trader Joe’s

Mix together in a bowl and enjoy! You can use this when sugar cravings come on or as an after dinner treat. All the flavor without the guilt!

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Tis the Season…

It’s November! Thanksgiving is soon, and then Christmas/Hanukah and then New Years! Oh my!

The holidays are usually about family, fun and food…lots and lots of food! Last I read, the average person gains about 7 pounds over the holidays (the “holidays” being defined as Thanksgiving to New Year’s). However, this does not need to be the case. Studies have shown that if you indulged on only those three days (Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanza, and New Years), you would not gain weight. The problem is, when people start eating on Thanksgiving and eat their way until New Years. Between the office parties, holiday parties, family gatherings, and yummy holiday treats popping up at your favorite coffee shops, it’s a nonstop, all you can eat, time of year! They you wake up with a sugar hangover and belly bloat, causing you to make the dreaded New Year’s Resolution: “Lose 10 pounds!” Now is that really a positive way to start the year?

I’m here to change all of that! Start thinking about it now. Start getting into shape now – clean up your diet, bump up the exercise, drink more water. Between now and New Year’s Eve, I’ll be sending out tips and tricks from my Holiday Survival Guide… my gift for my loyal email subscribers. I will not be posting them on the blog, so if you want these fabulous tips to help get you through the holidays, without derailing your healthy lifestyle habits, sign up a get on my list!

I’m here to help you make this a healthy, happy, and fabulous holiday season!

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