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Healthy holidays : total health entertaining all year round
Henner, Marilu.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Regan Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
xvii, 379 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of color plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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TX739 .H46 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Holidays can be healthy!

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is tough enough, but when special occasions roll around most people throw up their hands and dive into the Super Bowl snacks, Fourth of July hot dogs, Halloween treats, and New Year's champagne -- knowing they'll regret it later. In Healthy Holidays, actress and healthy living expert Marilu Henner offers another choice. Here Marilu shows us how easy and fun it is to prepare healthy meals for family and friends for special occasions and holidays year-round.

As in her other bestselling health books, Marilu throws out the red meat, dairy, and refined sugar and fills the kitchen with the freshest fruits, vegetables, grains, soy, seafood, poultry, and "legal" sugars. But denying ourselves is not on the agenda:

Start the year right with delicious New Year's Day recipes, such as Asian Grilled Salmon and Saut#65533;ed Asparagus with Shallots -- and pamper your guests with a spa party. Enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day with Honey-Baked Chicken, Warm Wild Mushroom Salad -- and Cupid's Chocolate Cake, made with healthy sugars to keep you in the mood. For a delicious Fourth of July picnic, pack some of these treats: Sugar Snap Pea and Cucumber Salad, Curried Tuna Salad, and Blueberry Cobbler with a Cornmeal Crust. Prepare a mouthwatering feast for Thanksgiving that gives a healthy start for the holiday season -- including Roast Turkey, Henner Holiday Dressing, Pecan Sweet Potatoes, and Pilgrim Pumpkin Pie.

Along with hundreds of healthy recipes Healthy Holidays offers dozens of creative twists on our favorite celebrations:

For exercise on Saint Patrick's Day -- learn Irish step dancing! Act out a juicy scene with your partner for the Academy Awards. Throw a grab-bag Halloween party, and laugh as your husband ends up as Little Bo Peep. Explore the eight traditional themes of Hanukkah as an opportunity to incorporate healthy habits that could change your life. Learn the three habits that will keep your Christmas healthy -- and fill out the Henner Family Christmas Survey with your family!

Healthy Holidays is your complete holiday planning resource for great celebrations the healthy way.

Author Notes

Mary Lucy Denise "Marilu" Henner was born April 6, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois. Marilu Henner began taking dance classes at age 2 at her mother's school - the Henner Dance School. She was soon choreographing shows at local high schools and colleges. Marilu Henner has Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM), formerly referred to as hyperthymesia, and can remember the details of her everyday life since she was a small child. Henner originated the role of "Marty" in the Kingston Mines production of Grease in 1971. She played "Marty" in the national touring company alongside John Travolta, who played "Doody". Additional Broadway credits for Henner include Over Here!, with Travolta, revivals of Pal Joey, Chicago, Social Security, and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Her first film appearance was in the 1977 sleeper-hit Between the Lines, co-starring Jeff Goldblum, Lindsay Crouse, John Heard, and Jill Eikenberry. Her second role was opposite Richard Gere in the 1978 film Bloodbrothers. Henner came to national prominence with the role of Elaine Nardo in the situation comedy Taxi. She was the leading lady in the 1982 film Hammett, produced by Francis Ford Coppola and starring her first husband Frederic Forrest. In 1983, Henner starred opposite Burt Reynolds in The Man Who Loved Women, directed by Blake Edwards. Reynolds then asked Henner to join the cast of Cannonball Run II later that year along with Shirley MacLaine and Dom DeLuise. She was the leading lady in the 1984 film Johnny Dangerously, playing love interest to Michael Keaton. Some of her other movies include: Perfect, LA Story, Noises Off and Man on the Mooon. Henner also guested on Match Game and Hollywood Squares. Henner has written eight books on diet and health, the most prominent being Total Health Makeover, in which she explains the virtues of a non-dairy diet in conjunction with food combining and exercise. Some of her other known titles include: Wear Your Life Well: Use What You Have To Get What You Want, Healthy Holidays, and Healthy Kids: Help Them Eat Smart and Stay Active-For Life! Her title Total Memory Makeover: Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Henner is on a health kick, and with this holiday cookbook she expands on the philosophy of books like her 30 Day Total Health Makeover. Covering holidays and traditions from Passover to Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, Chinese New Year and Bastille Day, each chapter has reminiscences or historical tidbits, plus recipes, drinks, toasts and party suggestions. For Mother's Day and Father's Day, Henner suggests Wild Mushroom Stew and Snapper in Parchment for dinner and creating a "videotaped tribute" to parents for an activity; on Super Bowl Sunday, a homemade, easy Onion Dip with soy cream cheese replaces preservative-laden pre-made dips. Cooks can say goodbye to the fatty Thanksgivings of yesteryear with a Pilgrim Pumpkin Pie made with soy cream. The introduction outlines Henner's diet, which eliminates red meat, pork and dairy and replaces refined white sugar with a variety of sweeteners such as honey or Sucanat. Her rules of food combining will put off some readers ("Do not eat proteins and starches together"), but the recipes themselves, with short lists of easily accessible ingredients, aren't at all intimidating-Luck of the Irish Stew for St. Patrick's Day and Passover Carrot Ring can be cooked any time of the year. Henner's tome may be too chatty for some, but her enthusiasm for both health and the holidays make this a handy guide to year-round smart eating. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved