Learn creative new tips to make great tasting and nutritious holiday dishes at a free seminar on Tuesday, November 17, from 7-8:15pm at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. Dietitian Andrea Ogden will demonstrate how to transform favorite holiday dishes with ingredient substitutions that will enhance the nutritional value while maintaining familiar flavors and aromas. For example, Ogden recommends substituting half the amount of potatoes with cauliflower in a mashed potato recipe and using agave nectar instead of sugar when preparing sweet potatoes. She also recommends pumpkin stuffing instead of traditional stuffing to increase the vegetable-to-starch ratio during a holiday meal.
“Many people don’t realize that the average American gains two to five pounds during the holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day,” says Ogden. “Studies show that this weight contributes 51 percent to the total weight gain for the year as most people do not lose this weight.” For this reason it is important that people consider the amount and the nutritional value of the foods they are eating during the holidays. “When my patients try these holiday tips and make recipe substitutions, they are always pleasantly surprised by the outcome, and so are their dinner guests.”
Ogden is the continuing education coordinator for the San Diego division of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). She earned her bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition from San Diego State University with a study focus on preventative medicine. Andrea completed her supervised practice at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. At Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, Ogden counsels patients regarding heart disease, pain management, diabetes, food allergies, cancer prevention, and weight loss. She is San Diego’s 2009 nominee for ADA Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year.
This seminar is for people who want to avoid weight gain and improve the nutritional value of traditional holiday recipes. Space is limited. To register, call 1-800-SCRIPPS.