Healthy holiday cooking tips

Here are a few healthy food ideas to try when preparing your traditional Thanksgiving feast.

  • Use pineapple or orange juice thickened with corn starch for glaze on vegetables, such as carrots. Do the same thing with cranberry juice for the turkey instead of gravy.
  • Use jams and jellies instead of margarine or butter for bread.
  • When baking replace half of the oil with applesauce to reduce the fat.
  • Replace sour cream with equal amounts of fat-free plain yogurt.
  • Thicken gravy with tapioca and a little water instead of butter or margarine.
  • Use low fat or nonfat cheeses instead of full fat cheeses.
  • Cook the turkey or chicken in the skin and bones for flavor, but avoid the skin when eating.
  • Try adding some extra healthier options with your holiday meal, such as white meat, steamed vegetables without butter and sweet potatoes
  • Only make enough for that meal or make extra and put leftovers in the fridge before serving, or give doggy bags to friends.
  • Use herbs and spices like garlic, cinnamon, fresh basil, instead of condiments like gravy and butter.
  • Be careful not to add to much oil to your meals. Remember 1 tablespoon of oil is 120 calories. Try cooking in wine or lemon juice instead of using excess oil.

Check out our Thanksgiving eating strategies to help you keep your healthy eating goals.

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2012 Count Step-a-Lot Halloween Winners

Congratulations to this year’s winners, who walk away with a $100 Amazon gift card! (To see all the entries check out the Halloween photo album on our Facebook page.)
2012 Walkingspree Halloween Contest Individual Winner: Lisa Peterson, CHNCT
Best Individual
“One Step Past Midnight”
Lisa Peterson
Community Health Network of Connecticut

2012 Walkingspree Halloween Contest Group Winner: Prime Therapeutics
Best Group
“Prime Purrrrformers”
Prime Therapeutics
Hong Pham, Vy Tran, Huyen Hoang, and Alyssa Nguyen

2012 Walkingspree Halloween Contest Honorable Mention: Adam Lavoie, Sig Sauer
Honorable Mention
“Stepping Out in Style”
Adam Lavoie
Sig Sauer

2012 Walkingspree Halloween Contest Honorable Mention: Wendy Shane Cloney-Clark, Teva
Honorable Mention
“I’ll get you my pretties and your little walkers, too!”
Wendy Shane Cloney-Clark

2012 Walkingspree Halloween Contest Honorable Mention: Rana Helms, Nikki Williams, and Laura Throckmorton and Bobby Kinzer, BankAdvantage Bank
Honorable Mention
Rana Helms (ATM), Nikki Williams (Wilma Flintstone), and Laura Throckmorton and Bobby Kinzer (Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich)
Advantage Bank

2012 Walkingspree Halloween Contest Honorable Mention: Beth Sueta, Brenda White and Alma Mora, BCBSM
Honorable Mention
Beth Sueta, Brenda White and Alma Mora
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Change the time on your pedometer this weekend

change clocks in fall

It’s time to fall back. Time to get an extra hour of sleep, or better yet, an extra hour of walking. So this weekend, when you are changing the time on your microwave or coffee maker, make sure you reset the time on your pedometer, too!

To change the time on your Omron USB Pedometer press SET and hold it down until the hour starts to flash.

Then using the MEMO button scroll through the time until the time is correct.

Please double check that you have the correct AM and PM displayed on your pedometer or it will reset at noon instead of midnight.

Then use the SET button to scroll through the minutes, weight and stride length until it is back to steps.

Special note: It is VERY important to not change the time 10 minutes prior or 10 minutes after midnight. This could impact your account and placement of steps on the correct day.


We will announce the winners of the 2012 Count-Step-a-Lot Halloween Contest in next Monday’s Move! and on our Facebook page. Thanks for submitting such amazing entries!

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Walk yourself happy (video)

This short video from the “Walk Yourself Happy” campaign by SA Health in Australia may inspire you to “kick” up your walking routine a bit.

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Eat Smart! Weird vegetables, part 2

Last year we shared a few fruits and vegetables that might, shall we say, make you walk to the other side of the produce aisles at the grocery store. At first sight (or fright) they were downright ugly. But what we found were wonderfully fun and flavorful additions to our culinary repertoire.

So, once again we offer up for your consideration three tantalizing veggie offerings.


This knobby and downright gnarly-looking root may become your new best friend. Also known as celery root, it is low in carbs (about 9 grams in a cup, compared to 26 grams in a cup of potatoes).Plus it packs a powerful nutritional punch of vitamins K and C and B6. It’s a good source of fiber, too! Suggested uses include replacing it for potatoes – from mashed potatoes on your dinner plate to soups to casseroles.


Paper covered tomatoes? Well, sort of. They are a distant relative to the tomato and are a main ingredient in Mexican salsa and moles. They make the green sauce (salsa verde) green. You can use tomatillos any way you use tomatoes – in an omelet, or a sauce or on a sandwich. Just remember to remove the husks! The slightly tart taste is sure to please.

Anemic carrots? Their pale exterior may make you think they are white carrots, but parsnips can be a sweet addition to any meal. Plus, eating a cup of these could get you 25 percent of your daily fiber requirement. Boil up a batch and mash them with some potatoes for dinner tonight.

Read Weird fruits and vegetable – part 1

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