Finding time for fitness over the holidays

by Kayla Colgrove, MS, RDN, ACSM-CPT, Extension Educator, November/December 2018 NEBLINE


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The holiday season is here. Trying to balance holiday parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, entertaining and work may lead to some stressful times. What about eating healthy or physical activity? Finding time for fitness over the holidays may be hard because of the cooler weather and busy schedules.

Including physical activity during the holiday season can help you prevent weight gain and release stress. Here are three tips to help you fit in fitness over the holiday season.

TIP #1: SCHEDULE ACTIVITY INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

Schedule your physical activity in advance by putting it on your calendar and treat it like an important appointment. Incorporate physical activity you enjoy doing at the most convenient time to accomplish your fitness goals during the busy holiday season.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend adults aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. Set a goal for 30 minutes of physical activity on most days. Do not worry about getting all 30 minutes of exercise done at one time. As long as the aerobic activity is performed at a moderate effort for at least 10 minutes at a time, it still counts towards your 30 minutes.

TIP #2: INCORPORATE EASY ACTIVITIES TO GET MOVING DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Including these activities will help achieve your physical activity goals:

  • Park at the far end of the parking lot.
  • Take extra laps around the store before checking out.
  • Use the stairs instead of escalators.
  • Include mall walking to enjoy the decorations while window shopping.
  • Dance to your favorite holiday music.
  • Work out at home to an exercise DVD.

TIP #3: CREATE HEALTHY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

Adding seasonal activities to your holidays can be fun and also create healthier holiday traditions. Walk around your neighborhood instead of riding in your car to look at holiday lights and decorations. Incorporate winter activities such as sledding, ice skating, snow skiing, or taking a winter nature hike. After a holiday dinner, organize a walk, basketball or football game to catch up with family members while incorporating fun physical activities.

Reference: Clemson Cooperative Extension. (December, 2010). Let the Holiday Spirit Move You! Retrieved from http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/food/nutrition/nutrition/dietary_guide/hgic4034.html

You’ll find this helpful tip and more in the November/December 2018 issue of the NEBLINE Newsletter. Available free online.

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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Pumpkin Pudding – Recipe of the Month

This recipe accompanied an article by Kayla Colgrove, MS, RDN, ACSM-CPT, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County. It appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of the NEBLINE Newsletter


Pumpkin pudding (Photo by Craig Chandler, UNL Communications).

Pumpkin pudding (Photo by Craig Chandler, UNL Communications).

PUMPKIN PUDDING
(6 Servings)

1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix, regular or sugar-free
2 cups low-fat milk
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
1-1/2 cups whipped topping
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1. In a medium bowl, mix pudding and milk with
    an electric mixer for 1–2 minutes.
  2. Add pumpkin to pudding mixture. Stir in whipped topping with whisk or spoon. Mix well.
  3. Add cinnamon and mix well.
  4. Chill until served

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Calories 190, Total Fat 3.5 g (6%
DV), Saturated Fat 3 g (14% DV), Cholesterol 5 mg (1% DV),
Sodium 410 mg (17% DV), Total Carbohydrate 38 g (13% DV),
Dietary Fiber 2 g (9% DV), Sugars 34 g, Protein 4 g, Vitamin A
220%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 15%, Iron 6%.

Source: Nebraska Nutrition Education Program

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

Halloween Fruit Parfaits

This recipe tip accompanied an article written by Kayla Colgrove, MS, RDN, ACSM-CPT, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, entitled “Happy, Healthy Halloween”, September 2018 NEBLINE


Halloween Fruit Parfaits

(Photo by Kayla Colgrove, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County)

HALLOWEEN FRUIT PARFAITS
(6 Servings)
Ingredients:

  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits in 100% juice, drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) mandarin oranges in water, no sugar added, drained
  • 2 cups nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 6 pieces candy corn

Directions:

  1. Drain pineapple tidbits and mandarin oranges.
  2. Layer 1/3 cup pineapple tidbits, 1/3 cup mandarin oranges and 1/3 cup yogurt in each of the 6 clear plastic cups 9 ounces).
  3. Keep parfaits in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Garnish with a piece of candy corn right before serving.

Kayla’s Notes:
• Select fruit canned in 100% fruit juice or water rather than syrup when choosing canned fruits.
• Try fresh fruit in place of canned fruit.
• Swap out any yellow and orange fruit you like best such as using peaches or cantaloupe for mandarin oranges.

Nutrition Information per serving (1 parfait) — nutrition information will change if substitutions are used: Calories 157, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 1.7mg, Sodium 37mg, Total Carbohydrate 31.5g, Dietary Fiber 1.3g, Sugars 24.1g, Protein 7.7g

You’ll find this helpful recipe and more in the September 2018 issue of the NEBLINE Newsletter. Available free online.

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

What’s Happening Sunday? It is BIG BOWL GAME DAY!

Sunday, February 4, 2018 is a big day for thousands of football fans across the country. It is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day, according to Wikipedia.

Develop a winning Big Bowl “food game plan” by thinking like a football player on the playing field. Only, instead of the opposing team, your field is filled with food and refreshments. Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, Extension Educator, put together eight winning strategies to help you win the game from getting in condition, sizing up the opponent, advancing to the goal line and finally, to making a TOUCHDOWN! You’ll also find delicious recipes for Pinto Bean Salsa Dip and Tuna Veggie Dip.

Visit https://food.unl.edu/big-bowl-game-plan-healthy-eating for Your Big Bowl Game
Plan for Healthy Eating
tips and recipes.

Making guacamole for the big game? Learn how to keep your guacamole from turning brown!

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

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Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

Spicy Pumpkin Shake Recipe

This recipe accompanied an article by Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, entitled “Holiday Food Safety Bloopers”, November/December 2017 NEBLINE


Spicy Pumpkin Pie Shake - Alice Henneman, Extension Educator

SPICY PUMPKIN SHAKE
This shake, in combination with a whole grain muffin, could serve as a light meal. Or, enjoy this spicy delight as a delicious treat at the end of a busy, active day. It’s loaded with vitamin A and is a source of calcium — so you’re not drinking “empty calories.”

Use the following ingredients per one serving:

  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (NOT canned pumpkin pie MIX)
  • 1/3 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 cup low-fat frozen vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Add all ingredients to a blender. Cover and blend on high until smooth. If desired, garnish with a dash of pumpkin pie spice.

Check out ALICE’S NOTES for ways to use pumpkin pie spice and leftover pumpkin: Continue reading

How to Keep Guacamole from Turning Brown

This recipe tip accompanied an article by Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, entitled “Check Out food.unl.edu”, September 2017 NEBLINE


Keep your guacamole from turning brown

Avocados are frequently cited by health professionals as containing a healthy fat. Guacamole is a delightful way to enjoy avocados. Here is a way, to keep guacamole from turning brown if you prepare it a few hours — or even 24 hours — ahead of time.

Pack guacamole firmly (to remove air bubbles) and so it is level in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Press down on the guacamole with a spoon while packing it.

Cover with about 1/2-inch of lukewarm water. Place lid on container and refrigerate.

Carefully pour off the water before serving. Stir guacamole to mix in any remaining moisture.

You’ll find this helpful tip and more in the September 2017 issue of the NEBLINE Newsletter. Available free online.

If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit http://lancaster.unl.edu/office/locate.shtml (nationwide listing).

Have a great day!!

Soni

Responsive. Innovative. Trusted.
Nebraska Extension provides research-based information to help you make informed decisions any time, any place, anywhere –

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Press Pause

You can’t protect your child from feeling stressed out, angry or sad. What you can do is teach him ways of managing his stress. Learn more from The Learning Child blog ….

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The parts of our brain that are involved in reacting to emotions can quickly hijack our ability to reason and control our intentional spotlight. Think of all the times you regret saying something because you were wound-up or overly emotional. If only you’d pressed pause to think about your reactions before blurting out your feelings. Kids need this pause space too, although it is difficult for them to recognize when they need it. Often, when our child is upset or emotional, we feel the immediate need to do something about it – to argue back, to cuddle her, to yell, or to put our face right up close to hers so that she will concentrate on what we have to say.

However, the best strategy is to press pause and wait for your child to calm down. By doing this, you give your child the opportunity to practice calming herself…

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