HAWC modifies recipes, saves holiday bulge regret
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- During the holiday season, families traditionally come together and eat the festive meals which might result in snug waistlines after back-to-back celebrations. The 36th Medical Operations Squadron Health and Wellness Center held a healthy holiday recipe modification course to help manage the appeal of holiday treats sensibly here Nov. 13.
In an effort to educate Team Andersen on ways to fend of the extra pounds, the class focused on adjusting popular holiday recipes into healthier alternatives for traditional homemade meals and desserts.
"During the holiday season, there is a lot of concern with weight creep," said Tech. Sgt. Michelle Clinton-Hahn, 36th MDOS NCO in charge of the HAWC. "The class helps avoid weight creep and also teach how to cook healthier."
Many family recipes are commonly high in fat, sodium, sugar, and carbohydrates, which also tend to raise overall calorie intake. However, by tweaking the recipes slightly and following some suggestions from HAWC members, a person can produce a healthier meal with little to no difference in taste.
Clinton-Hahn suggested common changes such as exchanging milk and cream with skim, soy or almond milk, replacing sugar with sugar substitutes, and swapping whole eggs with egg whites.
The class reviewed popular dishes, such as green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and pecan pie, and a different way of making each one. At the end of the session, Clinton-Hahn factored an average of 900 calories that could be saved during a typical holiday meal with the healthy modifications as opposed to traditional recipes.
For more information on HAWC classes and modifying recipes into healthier alternatives, please contact Clinton-Hahn at 366-3199.