Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: December 22, 2008

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.It's holiday time, and that means food. I believe that you should splurge on holidays, but at the same time it's just as easy to not overdo it as it is to eat everything in your path. One of the toughest places for people to stick to healthy eating habits is parties.

They can be a real pitfall, because many times we go to those parties at the end of the day, and the buffet table, with all those different choices, greets us with our empty stomach. Eat a little something before you go. Cut up an apple or have a handful of nuts and eat them before you go. Here are a few ideas to help you eat well and eat healthy at the holidays.

Holiday Menu

Shiitaki and Cranberry Stuffed Pork Loin

Shredded Brussels Sprouts or Green Beans Almondine

Roasted Potatoes or Plain Mashed Potatoes

and for Dessert....
Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Happy Holidays from all of us at Dr. Gourmet!

Brussels Sprouts

The rule of thumb for this tiny member of the cabbage family is to buy small ones and buy them as fresh as possible. Even though they look like little cabbages, they actually grow off the sides of a thick stalk and can be found in the market this way now (and if you do, buy them).

Try to use them the day that they are purchased, as there is less time for them to develop a bitter flavor.

There’s a lot of fiber in these little guys. Each serving has almost five grams.

4 ounces brussels sprouts = 49 calories, 0 fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 4g protein, 10g carbohydrates, 28mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol

Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.
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