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Tips for a Balanced, "Good Life" this Holiday Season

Posted: November 19, 2012

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Rather than filling up a whole plate with your dessert, bake or serve them in small containers like shot glasses or mini mason jars to help you keep the portions small, but fun. It is also fun to give these as gifts or party favors over the holidays. Nixon’s recipes for perfectly portioned desserts like Maple Cream Chocolate Brownie Shots and Pumpkin Pecan Pie in a Jar are available at

Get Everyone In On the Action

The holidays are great for combining things on your to-do list with fun family activities. Turn unpacking groceries or holiday gifts from the car into a bucket brigade that gets everyone moving and involved. You’ll get a hand with the chore and have fun with your kids at the same time.

Moderation Not Deprivation

Don’t forgo the things you like most about the holidays. Instead of skipping the holiday party buffet altogether, think of it as a “tasting” and sample one small bite of everything. Instead of skipping the big mug of hot cocoa after coming in from the cold, have a smaller cup instead. You’ll get the experience of indulging without breaking the calorie bank. In fact, research shows that whether you prefer something sweet or salty, you shouldn't deprive yourself of the foods you love.