Surviving the Season of Sweets How to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth With Less Sugar
for added sugars. You can even make your own dried fruit with a food dehydrator. This way, you are completely in control of the ingredients. No matter what you do, just be mindful not to overindulge. Dried fruit is high in sugar and calories, but the fiber and vitamins make fruit much healthier than just about any other sugary treat. Another way to cut down on your sugar intake is to use dark chocolate in all your chocolate-based treats. Dark chocolate has about half as much sugar as milk chocolate, twice as much healthy fat, less cholesterol, 4–5 times more iron, twice as much potassium, fewer carbs, and more flavonoids and theobromine. The antioxidant properties of the theobromine and flavonoids make dark chocolate as good for your heart as it is for your soul. If you have a recipe that calls for chocolate, reach for the dark stuff, whether it’s dark chocolate chips, cocoa powder, or baking chocolate. While it may seem as though everyone and their grandma is overindulging in sugar this season, know that you have the choice to opt for healthier sweets. And come New Year’s, you won’t have to spend the first few months of 2019 working off that extra cookie weight.
Cookies, cakes, and pies, oh my! The holiday season is brimming with sweet treats of all kinds. Sometimes it can feel like candy and sugary desserts are around every corner, and yet you still want to indulge. However, when you consider that over 50 percent of Americans are insulin-resistant, prediabetic, or diabetic, that piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream starts to look more dangerous than appetizing. During the holidays, how can you satisfy your sweet tooth without worrying about consuming excessive sugar and calories? Skip the candy and go for the fruits and nuts. Keeping a bowl of fruit and nuts nearby can help keep sugar cravings at bay. Dried fruits, such as cranberries, pineapple, or apricots, are both sweet and nutritious. Just be sure to check the packaging
DECEMBER CLUB HAPPENINGS
CHRISTMAS BREAK SPECIAL: If you have a college student home for Christmas break, you can sign them up for a week-to-week membership and only pay for the weeks they are here. REFERRAL PROGRAM: Don’t forget that for every person you refer to Fore Court as a new member, you get $5 off your monthly dues as long as they are a member. If you refer five new members, you’ll get your membership free. See our front desk for details. SNOW CANCELLATIONS: If we are closing for a day or opening late, we will post on Facebook as soon as we make the decision. Please like us on Facebook for notices.
MS. JEANNETTE: It is with sadness that Ms. Jeannette from the nursery will no longer be watching the young children at Fore Court. Since 1994, Jeannette Tougas has been minding the nursery. She watched my children, Tyler and Lindsey, from the time they were born until they started school. She has some medical issues and needs to concentrate on herself right now. Please keep her in your prayers at this time. PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT, DEC. 31: We will be hosting a round-robin tournament. Sign up as a team for men’s, women’s, or co-ed. Reach out to Sandy at AScott@forecourtri.com 8-WEEK FITNESS PROGRAM: Let our instructors help you get your 2019 fitness goals jump-started. See Kara or Adam in the Fitness Center to sign up.
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