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December Fitness Tips

Michelle Walker, the Recreational Specialist at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., poses for her photo in the base gym on November 2, 2011.  Michelle was hired to work at the base gym to train, educate and encourage McEntire�s airmen to remain �fit to fight� and excel in the new Air Force fitness standards. 
(SCANG photo by TSgt Caycee Cook)

Michelle Walker, the Recreational Specialist at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., poses for her photo in the base gym on November 2, 2011. Michelle was hired to work at the base gym to train, educate and encourage McEntire�s airmen to remain �fit to fight� and excel in the new Air Force fitness standards. (SCANG photo by TSgt Caycee Cook)

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. --

Holiday Fitness Tips

  1. Always eat before going to any party so you aren’t tempted to overeat.  
  2. Choose protein vs sugary snacks when available.
  3. Never go hungry or skip a meal before a party.
  4. Don’t drink your calories.   Keep in mind if you choose an alcoholic or caffeine drink try to follow it with water to stay hydrated.
  5. Keep moving!    If your family tradition is riding through a park to see the Christmas lights this year try walking and laughing with your peeps.
  6. Make time for your cardio/strength workouts.  It’s always great to get that workout in before you start your day during the holidays so you always fit it in.
  7. Most of all ENJOY the holidays! 

Holiday Cheese Ball

Total Time 15 min

Makes 1 cheese ball

 Ingredients

  • package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • Toasted French bread slices, assorted crackers and/or fresh vegetables

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine first seven ingredients. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. Shape into a ball; roll in walnuts. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Serve with toasted French bread slices, crackers and/or vegetables.  Sliced cucumbers and bell peppers are the best!

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 156 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 101mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein