Make Holiday Cooking Healthier with Tips from TOPS

Published: Monday, December 24, 2012 at 11:12 AM.

Fresh fruit instead of fruit canned in heavy syrup

Avoid processed foods like fruit canned in heavy syrup and opt for fresh fruit or fruit canned in its own juice or in water. Heavy syrup typically contains water, sugar, and corn syrup – with little nutritional value and lots of additional calories. If your budget is tight, purchase canned produce and then drain and rinse the fruit.

Cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips

Cacao nibs, minimally-processed bits of cocoa beans, are semi-sweet and rich in antioxidants and essential minerals. Their crunchy texture and intense taste are a unique way to add a boost of flavor to holiday treats.

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is the original weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Founded more than 64 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss organization of its kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with a “Real People. Real Weight Loss.®” philosophy that combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise, and wellness information. TOPS has about 170,000 members – male and female, age seven and older – in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find a local chapter, view www.tops.org or call (800) 932-8677.



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