Holiday Meal Makeovers
We simply can't get away from the smells, tastes and, yes, cravings of the holidays. The scent of pine trees reminds me of steamy hot chocolate enjoyed after a hike through the woods with my family in search of the perfect Christmas tree. And who can truly enjoy hot chocolate without cookies to go with it?
Recent research showed that depriving college students of a favorite food - chocolate, of course - caused cravings only in those students who described themselves as restrained eaters. Since most of us try to decrease portions, avoid "forbidden" foods and search constantly for a method that helps us lose those last five pounds, we're probably all restrained eaters. If depriving ourselves of our favorite tastes only increases cravings, why not substitute healthier, lower-calorie versions of those tempting treats? Try our suggestions listed below, and don't be afraid to concoct your own lighter versions of traditional high-calorie favorites.