3 Healthy Recipes to Help You Fight Winter Weight Gain

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By: Olivia Schneider | Teresa Strasser Posted: 10:47 AM, Oct 31, 2018 Updated: 10:13 AM, Nov 1, 2018

Winter often brings the proverbial “winter weight gain”. But it doesn’t have to be that way!  The List chatted with nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner who has three mealtime methods to bust those holiday junk food cravings. We also enlisted Chef Teresa Hansen who shared three savory recipes to put these principles into practice!

1. Bone Broth Egg Drop Soup

First, Jackson recommends filling up with water. “Anything we can do to make ourselves more full with less calories is the smart move,” she explains. Chef Teresa Hansen’s protein-packed bone broth egg drop soup tricks you into thinking you’re full. It’s also absolutely delicious!


  • 1 tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • 2 cups chicken bone broth
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Heat a small saucepan over medium high heat. Add oil and green onions. Sauté for one minute, add bone broth and bring to a boil. Once broth is boiling, remove from heat and slowly whisk in eggs in a small, steady stream, constantly whisking. Season with salt and pepper and serve.


2. Pumpkin Jalapeño Hummus

Next is Dawn’s tip for curving “bad” carb cravings: fill up on smart carbs! These include foods like oatmeal, brown rice, sweet potatoes or even seasonal smart carbs like pumpkin or butternut squash. Chef Teresa’s Pumpkin Jalapeño Hummus make the prefect smart carb snack.


  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 (15 oz. can) garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2-4 tbsp olive oil


Add pumpkin, garlic, beans, jalapeño, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, coriander, cumin and salt into a food processor fitted with the chopping blade. Power on machine and slowly pour olive oil through the opening in the top of the food processor. Continue processing for about one minute to thoroughly blend ingredients.


3. Ginger Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate

Lastly, we all want to hunker down, be inside and eat loads of carby comfort foods. But don’t worry, there are all sorts of swaps to help cease that cravings. For example, instead of regular hot chocolate, Chef Teresa’s Spiced Dark Hot Chocolate is the guilt-free answer to the familiar sweet treat.


  • 1 (15 oz.) can coconut milk
  • 1 in. piece fresh ginger, cut into four smaller pieces
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 oz. 100% dark chocolate
  • 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Small pinch of salt, to taste 


Add coconut milk and ginger to a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Simmer on low heat for five minutes. Remove ginger with a spoon. Whisk in chocolate and cacao powder, mixing until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Start with one tablespoon of cocoa powder, give it a taste, then add more for a richer hot chocolate. Add a tiny pinch of sea salt.


So, there you have it. Winter time doesn’t have to mean settling for that inevitable weight gain. Stop it in its tracks with these quick, easy, and oh-so-tasty recipes. 




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