10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

It's that time of year when extra calories lurk around every corner... baked goods at the office, eggnog at your neighbor's, jelly doughnuts for Hanukkah or chocolates in your stocking. All these extra goodies add up, and if you're like most Americans, you'll put on a pound or two by New Year's Day. According to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, most Americans never lose the weight they gain during the winter holidays. The pounds add up year after year, making holiday weight gain an important factor in adult obesity. “Weight gain over the holidays is a large part of the typical weight gain that adults have over the years,” says Dr. Jack Yanovski, head of the Unit on Growth an

Rosemary Roasted Delicata Squash

All shapes and colors of winter squash are bountiful in local markets this time of year, just begging to be roasted. Delicata squash is easily recognized by it’s oblong shape and orange or green stripes. This easy recipe for Rosemary Roasted Delicata Squash tastes like it came from a bygone era when food was simple and delicious. The flavor and texture of roasted delicata squash is luxurious, without the need to mask or enhance it with sugars or sauces. A touch of olive oil and a dusting of chopped, fresh rosemary impart a fragrant aroma and allow the natural sweetness of the squash to shine. Serve it with any lean protein, atop winter greens, or as a simple side dish for Thanksgiving! If yo

Roasted Grape and Goat Cheese Crostini

This Roasted Grape and Goat Cheese Crostini is a simple preparation with complex flavor – and it looks beautiful. If hosting parties has taught us anything, it’s that time management is everything and nothing will go as planned. Having a fool-proof crostini recipe like this in our repertoire means at least one thing will go right every time. The next time you host a holiday meal or cocktail party, wow your guests with this Roasted Grape and Goat Cheese Crostini recipe. It is an ideal hors-d’oeuvre: more impressive than oh-so-basic cheese and crackers, and easy to make without risk of anything going wrong (just keep an eye on the toasts when they’re in the oven). The toasts and roasted grapes

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