Offers Advice for a Lite Christmas: Late Night Snack Makeover Recommended for Santa, the Whole Family

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As Christmas approaches and kids contemplate leaving snacks for Santa and his reindeer, medical experts at today urged people to embrace some healthy options this holiday season and throughout the year.

The holiday is about celebrating the season with friends and family, so be mindful as you make snacks for Santa or for each other

    "Parents have been known to nibble a bite or two of Santa's snacks, so this is about their health, as much as Santa's," said Dr. Brad Jacobs, Senior Medical Director of Revolution Health. "When thinking about late night snacking, a nutritious, low fat choice can be the right way to start celebrating with family and friends."

Although there's no documentation of Santa's favorite snack, milk and chocolate chip cookies continue to be the traditional late night treats. A plate of four cookies can add 300 calories or more to the waistline, while a glass of whole milk will add 150 calories and almost eight grams of fat.

"These empty calories aren't good for adults at any time of the day, much less for someone who's stopping for a midnight snack as they're working late into the night," says Dr. Jacobs. recommends these healthy alternatives instead:

-- Whole grain crackers

-- Low-fat cheese or with apple slices

-- Fresh fruit, such as apples, berries or pears

-- Dried fruit and nuts such as brazil nuts, walnuts, and almonds.

-- Raw vegetables, such as carrots and celery sticks with peanut butter, hummus, yoghurt or low fat dip

-- Homemade cocoa or eggnog made with skim milk or soy milk

-- Baked Tortilla chips with salsa

-- Air-popped popcorn sprinkled with grated cheese and/or spices.

-- Soy ice cream or sorbet

For any adults who accidentally overindulge in Santa's snacks, working off the calories the next day may take a concerted effort. To burn 300 calories, a 150 pound person can:

-- Rearrange furniture for 45 minutes after the family leaves to get the house back in order

-- Hit the malls for two hours of intense, post-Christmas sale shopping

-- Chop wood for 50 minutes

"The holiday is about celebrating the season with friends and family, so be mindful as you make snacks for Santa or for each other," said Dr. Jacobs. "Having healthy, tasty snacks is a great first step toward living a better life this new year and beyond."

About Revolution Health

Revolution Health Group LLC was created by AOL Co-Founder Steve Case to create products and services that empower people by putting them at the center of the health system. The cornerstone of the company is, which was recently named the Best Overall Internet Health Site by the eHealthcare Leadership Awards. The free consumer health and medical web site marries expert content and online tools with the power of social networking. Revolution Health also offers premium services that enable companies to provide health content and customized online tools to their employees, an insurance marketplace and CarePages (, health care's largest social network that provides the emotional support needed for healing and well-being. For more information go to

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