Healthier Holiday Eating

Chelsea, MI: As 2015 comes to a close and Michiganders prepare for holiday gatherings, many have one thing on their minds: food.  Expand your baking repertoire by attending Healthy Holiday Baking – Vegan Style on December 9, 2015, from 7:00pm-8:30 pm at 128 Park St., Chelsea, MI, sponsored by Chelsea Community Kitchen.  The course fee is $15, and registration is available at www.chelseacommunitykitchen.org.

Casseroles, eggnog, and rich desserts have always been a staple of the colder months, but the combination of comfort food and good company is often a recipe for overeating. In fact, a study by Georgia State University’s Psychology Department found that a person’s food consumption increased by 33% if they dined with one other person, and up to 96% if they had seven dining companions! With holiday-themed celebrations around every corner, this is bad news for those of us trying to dodge the seasonal belly bulge without avoiding festivities altogether.

So if the odds are stacked in favor of the food table, how can we indulge without increasing our pant size? Chelsea Community Kitchen has one idea, and it involves swapping calorie-laden desserts for healthy-yet-delicious alternatives. The Kitchen has enlisted the help of Certified Personal Chef and Vegan Lifestyle Coach Vicki Brett-Gach, who will teach locals how to make three of her holiday favorites: Baked Cranberry, Apple and Pear Crumble; Chocolate Peanut Butter Button Cookies; and Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting.

Ms. Gach’s creations are big on flavor, but better for your waistline, as they are made without using any butter, milk or eggs. She will also be discussing the difference between vegan and vegetarian baking, and addressing questions about making healthier food choices. This December course is one of Chelsea Community Kitchen’s periodic educational offerings focused on healthy eating and local food. This will be a demonstration with lots of sampling!

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