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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #149 Pumpkin Pie or Cheesecake for Thanksgiving
November 18, 2011

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FAMILY FOCUSED NUTRITION TIP from registered dietitian, Emma Fogt

Thanksgiving dinner is such a wonderful tradition in America; a time for family to come together and reflect on all there is to be thankful for, spend time together without the stress of gift giving, and enjoy good food. However, if you are watching your waistline then your Thanksgiving feast could really add up.

Emma offers a few small substitutions that can make a major difference in the total calorie count of your Thanksgiving feast. As with everything else in life, moderation is the key; if you really look forward to the homemade pecan pie but can do without the mash potatoes and stuffing, then go ahead and skip the sides and savor the pie.

Avoiding the foods you do not really enjoy and savoring the bites of your favorite dishes, you are making great steps to finding a wonderful lifestyle balance.

Thanks Emma for these timely holiday tips!

Emma Fogt has the passion for nutrition, and for using the life changing impact it can have on work-life balance and family health. In practice for over 20 years, Emma provides corporate wellness seminars and workshops on work-life balance, media work and Nutrition Program Development.


Holiday Cheesecakes by Belle Chevre

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This pumpkin pie saves 151 calories and 12 grams of fat per slice from the traditional version and it tastes identical!

Ingredients and Instructions:

1 cup ginger snaps

16 oz can pumpkin

½ cup egg whites (about 4)

½ cup sugar

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, cloves)

12 oz evaporated skim milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grind the cookies in a food processor. Lightly spray a 9 inch glass pie pan with vegetable cooking spray.

Pat the cookie crumbs into the pan evenly. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowL.

Pour into the crust and bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

Store in the refrigerator.

Allow to cool and slice in 8 wedges. Optional: serve each wedge with light whipped cream.

Serves 8


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