With the holidays here, it can seem like diet sabotage is around every corner. But it's not just about sugary office treats and endless holiday party spreads; some of the most common Fall and Winter foods actually help, not hurt, your waistline. Want to know which ones? Read on for five fat-burning foods you should be eating this holiday season!
December is under way, which means it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the world — especially for celebrities. Not only is Tinseltown itself getting decked out, but also, stars from Kelly Clarkson to Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Miley Cyrus are getting ready for the holidays just like the rest of us: hauling trees, singing classic tunes, dressing up in their best festive attire, and posing with the big man in red himself.
Click through to see the stars getting in the holiday spirit, and if it inspires you to start shopping, then be sure to check out our holiday gift guide!
'Tis the season for fun holiday festivities, and, of course, it's the season of both giving (and receiving) gifts. While we've been making our lists and checking off names left and right, there are plenty of goods we'd love to see under the tree this December. Without further ado, here are the top picks on all our holiday wish lists this year. Any of our loved ones can feel free to take note . . .
Love to DIY during the holidays, but not sure what to gift your friend who's a healthy foodie? Bake up a big batch of healthy granola and package it in the spirit of holidays. This healthy recipe is relatively low in sugar (when compared to the majority of granola recipes), has no cholesterol, and is absolutely delicious. It takes just about 35 minutes to bake, and the result is golden, brown, toasted, and delicious; it's truly everything you want in a bowl of tasty granola.
Two cups of this recipe fills a 24-ounce mason jar, so one batch of this recipe can make three gifts — or six if you choose to use smaller 12-ounce jars. Keep reading for this quick and tasty DIY gift recipe.
I used dried cherries in this recipe, since I love their tart flavor, but feel free to use any dried fruit you'd like. This recipe is so versatile.
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup unsalted pepitas
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dried fruit
- Heat oven to 350°F.
- On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the oats, almonds, coconut, and pepitas with the maple syrup, oil, and salt.
- Bake, tossing once, until golden and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes.
- Add the dried fruit, and toss to combine. Let cool.
- 6 cups
- Calories per serving
There are so many sweet and indulgent edible gifts to be had during Christmas, but one need not feel an ounce of guilt for these kale and sweet potato chips. The chips are best eaten the day they're made, so this is an ideal last-minute gift that doesn't require many ingredients or time.
If you don't have a mandoline, prepare to bake the sweet potato chips much longer than anticipated. Before removing them completely from the oven, test the chips to see if they are crispy and dried out. Otherwise, the gift recipient won't be too keen on the bag of soggy chips!
Look, this combo is unbeatable. The savory kale combined with the sweet potatoes will make any healthy-snack disbeliever change her ways. Just remember to double the recipe so you can get your snack on too.
We aren't ashamed to admit that we're obsessed with the '90s. After all, we're talking about a decade that gave us Tamagotchi and Clueless! And as we listen to classic holiday albums by *NSYNC and Mariah Carey this month, we're reminded yet again of what made Christmas in the '90s so rad. There were cheesy Christmas sweaters (worn nonironically), even cheesier pics of boy bands in Santa garb, holiday episodes of our favorite TV shows, and, of course, JTT in I'll Be Home For Christmas! See some of the most memorable toys, music, movies, and more from the holidays in the '90s!
Arguably the most fun part of Christmas parties is pulling out your beloved ugly Christmas sweaters. The more puffs, decor, and sequined appliqués, the better. However, take things a step further by icing cookies, inspired by these notoriously bad Christmas sweater designs. Gaudy snowmen? Check. Bright, blazing Christmas trees? Check. Naughty or nice? Check (the latter one). Glean some awesomely bad decorating tips from these cookies.
There are plenty of reasons to love the holidays, and as beauty editors, we can't think of a better time of the year to be completely dazzled by the gorgeously packaged gifts from our favorite brands. Right now, beauty counters are overflowing with amazing palettes and gift sets, so we're helping you cut through the chaos with our handpicked favorites. Just keep clicking to see what we're giving (and hoping to receive!) this year.
If you're looking for something new to toast with at a holiday party or just need a sore-throat soother, we have just the recipe! Made with antioxidant-rich ingredients, our healthy twist on the hot toddy skips all the fat and calories found in traditional holiday classics like hot buttered rum and eggnog. It's also a cinch to make!