Festive Holiday Fare

Yes, it really is possible to enjoy the holidays without packing on the pounds! In this section, learn healthy tricks to surviving the season.

thumb_2176_content_mainIt’s a wonderful time of year, filled with family, friends and delicious food — but it’s also a challenging time, especially if you’re trying to stick to a healthy eating and exercise plan. As daunting as it may seem, you can still enjoy the special sweets and treats of the season without blowing your diet. Here are helpful tips to keep you on the straight and narrow (for the most part, anyway!) as the season’s festivities shift into full gear.

Holiday Melodies and Munchies 🎵

Check out some delicious festive bites inspired by some of my favorite holiday tunes. Read more.

Savor the season: Ginger, nutmeg, cloves & cinnamon

Learn how scrumptious seasonings like cinnamon and nutmeg offer up health perks and extra flavor for your favorite holiday dishes. Read more.

Fall’s Best Bevvies: 5 Sips to Savor and Celebrate

Check out these scrumptious seasonal sips. Read more.

My favorite holiday movies and munchies!

Joy shares her favorite holiday movies and delicious snacks and bevvies to enjoy while watching. Read more.

Healthy-ish Hacks for Leftover Halloween Candy

Wondering what to do with all that leftover Halloween Candy? You can find a worthy cause to donate it to (check out Soldier’s Angels Treats for Troops or find a local Ronald McDonald House). You can check in with your local dentist or orthodontist to see if they offer a buy-back program. Bring it to the office and […]

Crazy-cute holiday treats

You'll make Santa's nice list if you whip up any of these seasonal treats. Read more.

Edible gifts: Happy Holidays indeed!

Holiday shopping just got easier (and tastier) with these edible gift ideas. Read more.

Oh my gourd—get your pumpkin on!

Pumpkin perfection: Learn how to enjoy pumpkin dishes all day long! Read more.

Sweet ideas for a memorable Valentine’s Day

Looking for sweet ways to celebrate Valentine's Day? Try these fun ideas. Read more.

Gobble up these Turkey Day Goodies

Hosting the Thanksgiving holiday? Feel free to whip up on or more of these recipes (all Bauer family favorites). Read more.

Pumpkin Spice…and Everything Nice!

It's the most wonderful time of the year...pumpkin EVERYTHING season! Check out some of my favorite recipes. Read more.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Festive Fare

Celebrate the holiday with these delicious dishes. Read more.

“Date Night” Bites and Beverages

Check out delicious pairings that are sure to help set the mood. Read more.

Holiday Gifts for Foodies

What to give your foodie friends? Check out these thoughtful gift ideas. Read more.

Healthy Halloween Treats

Try these delicious and healthy treats for a healthier Halloween. Read more.

Read on: 13 of our favorite books from 2018

Whether you’re shopping for foodies, health-nuts or the kiddos, there's a book that's right for everyone. Here are some of my favorite titles. Read more.

Joy Full Eats: Sweet Potato Casserole

Try this tasty and trim Thanksgiving side this holiday. It features a secret ingredient to drive down carbs and calories. Get the recipe.

Trim Before the Turkey

Get ahead of holiday weight gain! If you’re looking to be proactive by shedding a few pounds before Thanksgiving rolls around, give this “3-4-5 Plan” a try. Read more.

Cheers! 2 Fit and Festive Cocktails

Hosting a holiday party? Serve up these two slimming, seasonal sips. Read more.

Steer Clear of Holiday Calorie Catastrophes

Festive foods can be extremely fattening, but making a few slim swaps will allow you to enjoy your favorite holiday dishes without overdoing it. Read more.

Yes! You Can Enjoy the Holiday Season

Think you have to bypass all holiday goodies if you're watching your weight? Thank again. Use these four party pointers to enjoy yourself without overdoing it. Read more.

Joy’s Top Five Gifts for a Healthy Holidays

Still trying to figure out what to get your spouse, neighbor, in-law or child's teacher? Give the gift of health with these five good-for-you gift ideas. Read more.

10 Tricks to Lighten Up Your Holiday Treats

Instead of indulging in classic holiday dishes that leave you feeling heavy, bloated, and blah, make a few tweaks to lighten up your favorite recipes without sacrificing taste…or your waistline. Read more.

Enjoy Holiday Hoopla Without Gaining a Pound

You can enjoy the special treats of the season without packing on the pounds! Avoid weight gain with these 12 strategies.

9 Simple Steps to Your Little Black Dress

Look smashing and slim at your next special occasion with these fat-blasting tips. Follow these 9 simple weight-loss tips.

Post-Party Detox Plan

The holiday season is packed with festive meals, flowing cocktails and yummy desserts. Bounce back in 8 easy steps.

9 Slimming Snacks for Holiday Travel

See healthy picks for when you're on the go, whether it's via car, train, or plane! Snack well with my favorite travel eats.

8 Slimming Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Looking to slim down your Thanksgiving sides? You'll love these lightened-up recipes, and so will your guests. The only thing that will be stuffed at your table this year is the turkey! Get the 8 side dish recipes now.

Cheers! 7 Slimmed-Down Holiday Cocktails

Raise your glass and celebrate these seven delicious and diet-friendly holiday drinks. Get the recipes.