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Healthy Holiday Treats for the Whole Family

  • Rainbow Fruit Kabobs with Chocolate Drizzle

    The colorful treat that's fun to eat, this fruit medley on a stick is full of vitamins.

    What you need
    • 12 strawberries
    • 12 orange chunks (1 orange, skin removed, separates into 8 sections or chunks)
    • 12 pineapple chunks
    • 12 kiwi chunks (3 kiwis, skin removed and sliced)
    • 12 purple grapes
    • 12 raspberries
    Directions
    1. Wash and prepare all fruit by cutting the oranges, pineapple and kiwi into chunks.
    2. Take a skewer and begin adding one piece of fruit at a time. Have fun with rainbow combinations or other color schemes you can think of.
    3. Assemble kabobs and wrap loosely with plastic wrap.
    4. In a small bowl, microwave 2 tablespoons skim milk on medium for 30 seconds. Milk should steam. Stir in 2 ounces of dark chocolate. Stir until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over kabobs. Serve immediately.

    Recipe provided by Rebecca Cipriano, M.D., founder and medical director of Pop Weight Loss. More than a typical weight-loss program, Pop Weight Loss offers medically supervised, one-on-one nutrition counseling with a goal of teaching people how to not just lose the weight but keep it off for life.

  • Parfait Please!

    This light treat can be a fun breakfast option if you want to dress up your old fashioned yogurt cup, or a healthy dessert alternative if you're ditching the ice cream.

    What you need
    • 1/2 cup fresh berries
    • 3/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
    • 1/4 cup plain Cheerios
    • Sprinkle of cinnamon
    Directions

    Into a bowl or a tall glass, spoon some berries, then yogurt and then cheerios. Sprinkle some cinnamon. Repeat layers.

    Optional: Dye yogurt green with food coloring and use red strawberries to create a "red and green" holiday parfait. Or skip the fruits and toppings, dye layers of yogurt, fill a tall narrow glass and call it a candy cane parfait!

    Recipe provided by Rebecca Cipriano, M.D., founder and medical director of Pop Weight Loss. More than a typical weight-loss program, Pop Weight Loss offers medically supervised, one-on-one nutrition counseling with a goal of teaching people how to not just lose the weight but keep it off for life.

  • No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Pops

    This is the perfect recipe if your oven is stuffed with a turkey for the next few hours. This quick treat works as a snack that won't come with a sugar crash.

    What you need
    • 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
    • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons raisins
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons roasted, unsalted peanuts
    • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    Directions

    Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Chill. Roll into balls. Serve chilled.

    Optional: Press the balls down with a fork to make cookies or spread into a pan for bars.

    Recipe provided by Rebecca Cipriano, M.D., founder and medical director of Pop Weight Loss. More than a typical weight-loss program, Pop Weight Loss offers medically supervised, one-on-one nutrition counseling with a goal of teaching people how to not just lose the weight but keep it off for life.

  • Pear Berry Nut Tart

    This unique tart packs a fun range of flavors and a soft chewy crust that promises to be your favorite new dessert in no time.

    What you need
    Crust
    • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
    • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
    • 1 cup rolled oats
    • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
    • 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Filling
    • 4-6 ripe pears
    • 1 cup blueberries
    • 1 cup pecans
    • 1/4 cup stevia extract
    • 2 tablespoons rum
    • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup water (if needed)
    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Line tart pan with parchment paper. Grease it lightly.
    3. Chop 1/2 cup nuts and place in a single layer on a lined baking sheet. Toast for 4-6 minutes, but watch closely to make sure nuts do not burn. Set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
    4. Place remaining 1 cup of nuts in a food processor with the rolled oats, melted coconut oil, vanilla and salt. Pulse until mixture is smooth and combined. Stir in chia seeds. Press gently into a tart pan or pie plate lined with parchment paper.
    5. Wash pears. Core them. Slice them thinly. In a medium saucepan, combine stevia, rum, and lemon juice over low heat. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add blueberries. Coat berries in sauce. Remove from heat. Add water if mixture is caramelizing.
    6. Carefully place pear slices on top of crust. Top with blueberries and sauce. Top with toasted nuts. Optional: Sprinkle with cinnamon and cardamom (1/4 teaspoon of each).
    7. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan.

    Recipe provided by Rebecca Cipriano, M.D., founder and medical director of Pop Weight Loss. More than a typical weight-loss program, Pop Weight Loss offers medically supervised, one-on-one nutrition counseling with a goal of teaching people how to not just lose the weight but keep it off for life.

  • Apple-Oatmeal Crisp

    Feast your eyes on this baked, crispy dessert extravaganza. Don't let the look of it fool you—everything in there is good for you!

    What you need
    • 2 apples
    • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
    • 4 tablespoons rolled oats
    • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
    • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
    • 1/2 lemon plus 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest or 3 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup water
    • Dash of salt
    Directions

    You will need a small nonstick skillet and a roasting pan. This works best with a toaster oven.

    1. Preheat toaster oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Wash, core and slice the apples into thick wedges (6-8 wedges per apple).
    3. Rub lemon half over each slice, and then squeeze over the apple slices.
    4. Place apple slices in a small nonstick skillet, along with 2 teaspoons water. Add cinnamon and coat.
    5. Over low heat, cook apples until they begin to soften. Set aside.
    6. Line baking pan with nonstick foil.
    7. Mix nuts, nutmeg, allspice, oats, and coconut oil. Spread into a thin layer on toaster oven pan.
    8. Toast for 5-8 minutes, watching to be sure that oats and nuts do not burn. Remove nut and oat mixture from the oven.
    9. Place apples in small baking dish. Top with toasted topping. Drizzle vanilla on top. Sprinkle salt on top and serve.

    Recipe provided by Rebecca Cipriano, M.D., founder and medical director of Pop Weight Loss. More than a typical weight-loss program, Pop Weight Loss offers medically supervised, one-on-one nutrition counseling with a goal of teaching people how to not just lose the weight but keep it off for life.

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