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In Depth: Tonia Parrish, Weight Watchers

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1. Swap Out a Sweet Potato Casserole & Drop In Candies Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a great food – rich in beta carotene which in turn makes them rich in vitamin. We take this holiday staple dish and cut out nearly 300 calories a serving while leaving in the flavor and health benefits

-Just 1 cup of homemade sweet potato casserole, the kind with lots of butter, sugar, and marshmallows, can run close to 400 calories. Candied Sweet Potatoes: Our lighter version of Candied Sweet Potatoes is just around 135. Quite a difference! And sweet potatoes are a great food – rich in beta carotene which in turn makes them rich in vitamin

Recipe Link: http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/RecipePage.aspx?recipeid=87041

2. Swap Out Traditional Stuffing & Drop In Stuffing with Sage and Chives: Our spin on this popular dish cuts out nearly half the calories of the traditional version. We use whole wheat bread in our version, which is a much healthier choice since it has more fiber in it, which helps to create a feeling of fullness, in turn satisfying you more than regular white bread

-Traditional stuffing, depending on the ingredients, can run you over 300 calories and up for a 1 cup serving.

-WW Stuffing with Sage and Chives Our recipe has just 175 calories for the same 1 cup serving. We use whole wheat bread in our version, which is a much healthier choice since it has more fiber in it, which helps to create a feeling of fullness, in turn satisfying you more than regular white bread.
Recipe Link: http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/index.aspx?recipeid=137351

3. Swap Out Traditional Pumpkin Pie & Drop In Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust: Our take on this Thanksgiving classic features a light graham cracker crust. The filling's custardy and rich, with just a hint of spice. And pumpkin is so good for you. Just like sweet potatoes, it’s filled with beta carotene and vitamin A. It’s also another great source of fiber, which we all need more of in our diets.

-Pumpkin PiePumpkin pieis usually a staple at everyone’s Thanksgiving table, but it’ll cost you calorie-wise. The typical store bought pumpkin pie can be around 325 calories for 1/8th of a deep dish pie.

-WW Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust: Our version has only 155 calories for 1/8th of a slice. Another big savings! And pumpkin is so good for you. Just like sweet potatoes, it’s filled with beta carotene and vitamin A. It’s also another great source of fiber, which we all need more of in our diets.

Recipe Link: http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/index.aspx?recipeid=135361

4. Activity vs Non-Activity.

Weight Watchers recently launched ActiveLink, a fitness & activity monitor that translates activity to PointsPlus values and assess levels then it challenges you to do more. Staying active around the holidays can help you enjoy food-laden parties and keeps the balance between calories in and calories out.

This brand new tool developed by Weight Watchers and Philips called ActiveLink. You wear it one week to get a true account of just have active you are. The monitor links to a personal web page where Weight Watchers members can track their activity, see how it measures up to their goals, and even get tips on staying motivated. What’s really exciting is that ActiveLink is the only fitness & activity monitor that translates activity directly into to PointsPlus values. So, it helps members better understand how activity impacts their health and overall results.

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