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Tips for Heathly Holiday Eating!

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many it also becomes a time for over-eating and weight gain. According to the National Institutes of Health, holiday eating can result in an extra pound or two every year. Over a lifetime, holiday weight gain can really add up. The holidays don’t have to mean weight gain. Focus on a healthy balance of food, activity, and fun. By implementing a few simple tips you can stay healthy through the holiday season.

Ten Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating


    1. Be realistic. Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight.


    1. Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating. Try 10- or 15-minute brisk walks twice a day.


    1. Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to over-indulge.


    1. Survey party buffets before filling your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Include vegetables and fruits to keep your plate balanced.


    1. Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.


    1. Be careful with beverages. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating; non-alcoholic beverages can be full of calories and sugar.


    1. If you overeat at one meal go light on the next. It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one pound. It is impossible to gain weight from one piece of pie!


    1. Take the focus off food. Turn candy and cookie making time into non-edible projects like making wreaths, dough art decorations or a gingerbread house. Plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t all about food. Try serving a holiday meal to the community, playing games or going on a walking tour of decorated homes.


    1. Bring your own healthy dish to a holiday gathering.


    1. Practice Healthy Holiday Cooking. Preparing favorite dishes lower in fat and calories will help promote healthy holiday eating. Incorporate some of these simple-cooking tips in traditional holiday recipes to make them healthier.


      • Gravy — Refrigerate the gravy to harden fat. Skim the fat off. This will save a whopping 56 gm of fat per cup.


      • Dressing — Use a little less bread and add more onions, garlic, celery, and vegetables. Add fruits such as cranberries or apples. Moisten or flavor with low fat low sodium chicken or vegetable broth and applesauce.


      • Turkey – Enjoy delicious, roasted turkey breast without the skin and save 11 grams of saturated fat per 3 oz serving.


      • Green Bean Casserole — Cook fresh green beans with chucks of potatoes instead of cream soup. Top with almonds instead of fried onion rings.


      • Mashed Potato — Use skim milk, chicken broth, garlic or garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese instead of whole milk and butter.


      • Quick Holiday Nog — Four bananas, 1-1/2 cups skim milk or soymilk, 1-1/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt, 1/4 teaspoon rum extract, and ground nutmeg. Blend all ingredients except nutmeg. Puree until smooth. Top with nutmeg.


    • Desserts — Make a crustless pumpkin pie. Substitute two egg whites for each whole egg in baked recipes. Replace heavy cream with evaporated skim milk in cheesecakes and cream pies. Top cakes with fresh fruit, fruit sauce, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar instead of fattening frosting.

Enjoy the holidays, plan a time for activity, incorporate healthy recipes into your holiday meals, and don’t restrict yourself from enjoying your favorite holiday foods. In the long run, your mind and body will thank you.


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What is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a time when the Pilgrims came to America and celebrated by having a feast with some Native Americans in the area that helped them get food. It was a huge feast with many people there. Today we celebrate Thanksgiving as a time to get together with family or friends. Turkey is definitely a popular food on Thanksgiving! It is a joyful celebration!

Thanksgiving is a feast of thanksgiving, held on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, and the second Monday in October in Canada. Traditionally, it is held to remember the celebration by the Pilgrims of the first harvest in the new North American colony. Have a safe and happy Holiday! I hope everyone remembers what they are thankful for!


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Au Pair Dinner with Au Pair Sis!

As Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair in Utah, and I am lucky enough to have the agency right here at home in Utah. This week we launched the new Au Pair Sis program!  Our Au Pair Sis has created an interactive and fun community for all au pairs! She’ll provide ongoing support and advice to help the au pairs maximize their cultural exchange experience while also enhancing the quality of the childcare they provide for their host family.

Since Au Pair Sis was here for a visit in Utah, to launch the program, I invited her and all the Utah au pairs out for dinner. It turned out great! It was a neat opportunity for my au pairs to see each other and meet the Au Pair Sis in person. Thanks everyone for coming!!

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Ask Au Pair Sis!

Have a question about the Au Pair program? Need tips to improve your experience with your Host Family? Want some advice on how to adjust to a new culture? Ask the Au Pair Sis!

The Au Pair Sis is here to create an interactive and fun community for all the Au pairs!She will provide ongoing support and advice to help you maximize your cultural exchange experience while also enhancing the quality of childcare you provide for your family.

Not only can you ask her questions, but she will be having different au pair challenges each month, doing games, talking about culture differences, crafts and much more!

Find Au Pair sis on the Go Au Pair site at http://www.goaupair.com/meet-au-pair-sis.aspx. You can also find her on facebook and pinterest. Check her out!


Au Pair Sis Logo

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Go Au pair Utah invites other agencies to activity!!

On September 30th, our Go Au Pair group met at Liberty Park for breakfast. We invited the other au pair agencies in Utah to join us, and a few au pairs from Cultural Care and Au Pair Care were there. It was a great group and we had a great time! It gave all the au pairs a chance to meet each other and make friends!  Thanks for coming everyone!

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Last Minute Summer Ideas!

Has summer felt like a bummer because you haven’t had a vacation? A great summer idea that will feel like a staycation is some theme park and waterpark fun. Part of the thrill of summer is the thrills. Those coasters, slides, lemonade and funnel cakes that make summer memories linger. Theme parks are a true rite of passage for summer. And you don’t have to jump in a plane or do a ton of planning to get to a good one. Jumping on the thru way and heading to the nearest coaster is a sure way to enjoy a great staycation. Right in our own backyards are some of the best theme parks and resorts.

-Cowabunga Bay


-Cherry Hills

-Seven Peaks

-Recreation Centers


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Other ways to say….

Hurray for synonyms


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25 Healthy Snacks!!


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Utah’s new summer splash pads!


What is a “Splash Pad”?
A splash pad is a great place to cool off in the summer. Instead of a pool, it’s more like running through the sprinklers. No need for floateees or lifejackets!

Salt Lake County

Utah County

Weber/Davis County

Cache County
Morgan County
Washington County
(A huge thanks for reader Pamela for sending in this info!!!)
  • Saint George Town Square, on Main Street at Tabernacle. (This has a large fountain splash pad, but our favorite part is the “river” and waterfalls).
  • The Fields, on the southeast side at 2995 South 2350 East, St. George.
  • UNITY Park in Ivins, at 200 West and 400 South. The splash pad is on the west side.
  • The Community Center in Hurricane 63 South 100 W.
  • Archie H. Gubler Park, 2375 Rachel Drive in Santa Clara.
  • Sienna Hills Park, 500 N Redstone Rd in Washington City.
  • Green Spring Park, Approx 1775 N Green Spring Drive, Washington City.
  • Pine View Park 2050 S Alveo Drive, Washington City.
  • The Washington City Community Center 350 N Community Center Drive, Washington, UT. This one has a huge indoor splash pad, as well as pools and other features. There is an entrance fee. It is open year round.
  • There is a similar facility in Cedar City-and is the only splash pad in Iron County I’m aware of. Cedar City Aquatic Center, 2090 West Royal Hunt Drive Cedar City



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Children’s Learning Activities!

I found this great blog that has a ton of children’s learning activities.  You can never have enough activities to do with your kids, or the ones you take care of,  and here are some great ones.  Check these out. http://learningdevelopmentactivities.blogspot.com/

Children's Learning Activities

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