Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Desserts That Won't Put a Dent in Your Diet

photo withh US News and World Report Wellness logo with navy blue background. Header text: healthy holiday desserts and snacks with text about holiday eating that is good for your heart next to a photo of gingerbread cookies and candy canes

Countless cookies, creamy chocolates, and decadent desserts – that’s what makes the holidays so delicious, but by the time January rolls around, it’s more like pants that don’t fit and an overpriced gym membership.

The holidays are a great time to indulge in moderation, but did you know that the average American gains 1.3 pounds during the holiday season? According to US News, it can take up to five months to lose that extra weight.

If you don’t want to sport the unintentional skinny jean until May 2017, check out these awesome delicious alternatives from US News -- including treats like pomegranate bark, dark chocolate popcorn, and lighter versions of classic holiday beverages like eggnog and hot chocolate. The holidays can still be delicious without putting too big of a dent in your diet.

a mint colored cocoa mg with marshmallows and a stripes white and mint colored straw on a table with marshmallows and candy canes and lights in the background

Maintaining a healthy weight plays an important role in your overall health – so, let’s start 2017 off by aiming for a healthy, active lifestyle together.

If you’re an MCCCD employee, don’t forget that the Maintain. Don’t Gain initiative weigh outs will be held between January 23-27 with future details to come.

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