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Your Holiday Nutrition Questions Answered

December 11, 2015
Carolee Kaylor - Nutrition Program Assistant , Pierce County Tribune

Q: I want to avoid gaining weight during the holidays this year, but the pounds seem to creep up on me. Do you have any tips? We often have lots of tempting treats, such as holiday cookies and candy, around us during this time of the year. Maintaining our current weight instead of trying to lose weight may be the best goal. Here are some tips to consider this year:

Q: Groceries are getting expensive, but eating out is even more expensive. How can I save money on food so I can buy some holiday gifts for my family? Cooking meals at home is an excellent way to save money, so consider these tips to help you stretch your food dollar:

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie Mix

1 c. plus 2 Tbsp. flour

1 c. rolled oats

c. dried cranberries

tsp. salt

c. brown sugar

c. white sugar

tsp. baking soda

c. white

chocolate chips

To make a gift mix: Layer the ingredients in a clean, quart-sized jar. Cover the jar tightly with a lid, decorate it and attach a copy of the directions.

To make right away: Place the cookie mix ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Proceed as follows.


1 container Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie Mix

c. butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix butter, vanilla and egg together until smooth. Add cookie mix and mix well. Place by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for eight to 10 minutes until golden brown. For best flavor, use this mix within nine months.

Makes 28 cookies. Each serving has 100 calories, 4.5 grams (g) fat, 13 g carbohydrate and 70 milligrams sodium.

SOURCE: Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service



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