Weekly family rail, with healthy holiday tips from Jennifer Hudson, a review of Michael Chabon's new kids book and more.
Tip of the Week
Facing multiple parties packed with those indulgent holiday goodies can be a challenge to anyone's weight-loss goals. But with the right strategy, you'll be celebrating even after the party has ended.
One person who has mastered maintaining a healthy lifestyle during the holidays with Weight Watchers is Grammy Award-winning recording artist and Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson. "When it comes to those once a year family favorite recipes, I don't say no. It's all about moderation and portion sizes," says Hudson. "I also remind myself that food is just a small part of the holidays. The biggest gift to me is having a chance to celebrate with my family and friends."
Here is Jennifer's "at a glance" entertainment guide to a healthy holiday season:
- Power pack the party foods. Jennifer always pairs a few of her indulgent holiday favorites with low-fat, fiber-filled finger foods. Weight Watchers calls the ingredients to these recipes Power Foods because they offer the best nutritional bang for your buck, and they're filling, so you'll stay satisfied longer. They include lean protein, fruit, veggies, whole grains and fat-free dairy. One of Jennifer's favorites is layering a sliced cucumber with avocado, low-fat wasabi mayo and shrimp.
- Dress like a star. Ditch the baggy sweaters and stretchy pants. Get gorgeous for the party with that dress or skinny jeans that show off your best assets. Jennifer always likes to wear something tailored because it helps her feel confident.
- Chill out with some steamy drinks. Create a hot beverage bar with a variety of light holiday favorites such as apple cider, lattes and flavorful teas. Let your guests create customized concoctions by stocking up on fat-free whipped toppings, sugar-free syrups and rich spices.
- Cut the rug - and some calories! Parties don't have to be all about consuming calories. Look for fun ways to burn calories, too. Dancing is not only a great cardiovascular workout, but it's also an easy way to inject instant entertainment into your party and help guest intermingle.
Family Movie Night
“Kung Fu Panda 2,” now on DVD
Synopsis: Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five - Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po's awesome new life is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. It is up to Po and The Furious Five to journey across China to face this threat and vanquish it. But how can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed. - DreamWorks
Violence/scary rating: 3
Sexual-content rating: 1
Profanity rating: 2
Drugs/alcohol rating: 2
Family Time rating: 2.5. Much like the first “Kung Fu Panda,” this is a movie almost all of the family can enjoy.
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
“The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man,” by Michael Chabon
Synopsis: Awesome Man can shoot positronic rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight as an arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O! Even villains like Professor Von Evil and the Flaming Eyeball are no match for this caped crusader. But Awesome Man also has a secret. … The first picture book from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon perfectly captures the fantasy life of young superhero fans. - HarperCollins Publishers
Did You Know
According to http://womenshealth.gov, if you have leg cramps while pregnant, you can do these things to help ease the discomfort:
Gently stretch muscles.
Get mild exercise.
For sudden cramps, flex your foot forward.
Eat calcium-rich foods.
Ask your doctor about calcium supplements.
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