With Christmas just around the corner, many families will leave out milk and cookies for Old Saint Nick, but it’s no secret that Santa’s waistline doesn’t need excess calories! Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains that a glass of milk and three cookies equal roughly 450 calories.
“If Santa visits 110 million homes Christmas Eve, you know, do the math. That’s over 49 million calories that Santa’s got to deal with,” Dr. Sears says. “No wonder he’s so jolly; he’s got a sugar high!”
Actor, comedian and Hollywood legend Bill Cosby joins The Doctors via phone to reveal healthier snack alternatives for Santa and his reindeer, featured in a comedic essay from his latest, best-selling book
I Didn’t Ask to Be Born: (But I’m Glad I Was).
Deviled Eggs with Hummus
2 egg whites hard boiled, yolks discarded
4 tbsp. hummus
Paprika to taste
Hardboil eggs and slice in half (discard yolks).
Fill each egg white half with one-fourth of the hummus.
Sprinkle with paprika to taste.
Tuna with Hummus
1 oz. canned tuna, packed in water
¼ cup hummus
Drain the tuna fish.
Mix tuna the hummus.
Veggies & Cottage Cheese
Ingredients:¼ cup low-fat cottage cheese
½ tsp. extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp. black pepper
10 green beans, cut into ½ inch pieces
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
Add extra virgin olive oil, pepper, green beans and cherry tomatoes into the cottage cheese and mix thoroughly.
Cottage Cheese & Fruit
¼ cup low-fat cottage cheese
½ an apple OR ½ an orange OR 1 kiwi
1 macadamia nut OR 3 almonds
Other Snack Alternatives• 6-oz. glass of 2% milk (no side of cookies)
• 1 oz. of turkey breast, 10 grapes, 4 almonds
• 1-oz. piece of cheese, 4 oz. red wine (for the “cosmopolitan Santa”).