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Healthier Versions of Holiday Favorites


Healthier Versions of Holiday Favorites

The Holiday Weight Gain is Real

Unlike Santa Claus, (spoiler alert!), holiday weight gain is real, according to a Cornell University study. The University’s research indicates that it can take up to five months to lose the “holiday pounds” many of us put on from October through December each year. Brian Wansink, PhD, co-author of the study, suggests that instead of a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, people make an October resolution to limit weight gain in the first place.1 Yet, extra calories and weight gain are not the only concerns when it comes to holiday fare. Often, our favorite holiday recipes are loaded with extra sugar, fat and carbohydrates. That can be problematic for those suffering from heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions.

While eliminating your favorite foods and traditions can put a real damper on the holidays, there is a way to have your fruitcake and eat it too. The following websites and cookbooks feature healthier versions of holiday favorites, from appetizers and entrees to baked goods and desserts that cater to a wide variety of dietary needs.

  • Eating Well offers hundreds of holiday recipes, from Skillet Green Bean Casserole to Corned Beef Latkes, Pumpkin-Pecan Pie, Flourless Honey-Almond Cake and Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men, to name a few. 
  • Visit Food Network to indulge your taste buds with Low-fat Eggnog, Avocado-Feta Dip or Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin and Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts. 
  • Whether you’re looking for gluten-free, paleo or vegetarian, The Academy of Culinary Nutrition is your ticket with recipes such as Cauliflower Millet Mash, Paleo Sweet Potato Cranberry Stuffing, and more.
  • And finally, Cooking Light has just what it takes to cap off a day of holiday shopping: Cherry and Pistachio
    Rugelach paired with a warm mug of Barcelona Hot Chocolate—all without breaking the calorie bank.

If cookbooks are more your style, the following are available from Amazon in print and/or Kindle editions:

Don’t forget! Managing your financial health is another important aspect of overall well-being. If you have questions about how your income will support your health and lifestyle needs in retirement, contact the office today.



Steve Lindquist 
Financial Consultant
9600 S McCarran Blvd
Reno, NV 89523 
(775) 789-3140

Steve Lindquist is a registered representative offering securities and advisory services through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, member FINRA/SIPC a Broker/Dealer and Registered Investment Advisor. Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity. Registered address: 9600 S McCarran Blvd., Reno NV 89523.

Investments are not deposits; not FDIC/NCUSIF insured; and not insured by any federal government agency.  No credit union guarantee.  May lose value.


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