RECIPES

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

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A New Guilt-Free, Low-Fat Holiday Favorite

The key to this recipe is low cholesterol and low fat. Go ahead and dig in this holiday season!

Ingredients: yields 10 servings 

  • 1 2/3 c. chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 7 tbsp. sugar, (or try Sweetleaf or Truvia as a sugar alternative)
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 c. fat-free milk
  • 2/3 c. reduced-fat crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 oz. fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 oz.) container frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped salted, dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 c. shaved milk chocolate

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine crumbs, 3 tbsp. sugar (or sugar alternative), and egg whites.
  2. Coat a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate with cooking spray. Press crust mixture into bottom and sides and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and cool.
  3. Combine milk and remaining 1/4 c. sugar (or sugar alternative) in a saucepan. Cook 2 minutes and transfer to a bowl. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Cover and chill 30 minutes.
  4. Beat cream cheese. Add chilled milk mixture and beat until combined. Fold in whipped topping.
  5. Pour mixture into piecrust. Freeze, uncovered for 8 hours.
  6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with peanuts and shaved chocolate.

Nutritional Information: 1 slice
Calories 259; Fat 8.7g; Saturated fat 1.9g; Monounsaturated fat 3.8g; Polyunsaturated fat 2g; Cholesterol 2mg; Sodium 249mg; Protein 9.4g; Fiber 1.6g; Carbohydrates 35.5g; Calcium 136g; Iron 0.6mg

HEALTHY TIPS

Got an Elf on Your Shelf?

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A Holiday Tradition Your Family Will Enjoy

Elves have been popping up on family’s shelves each December since 2005 when Carol Aebersold first published her family’s tradition of a magical elf who visited her home every holiday season. The tradition has grown nationally and now families everywhere have made it a holiday tradition.

Get Creative With Elf on The Shelf

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) offers the Blue KC Elf on the Shelf Pinterest Board. It includes name ideas for your family’s elf, a letter to start off the tradition, a letter from the elf him/herself, and a goodbye letter from the elf, plus many more creative ideas. Check it out and discover family fun this holiday season.

HEALTHY TIPS

Create Ties That Bind

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Family Traditions Strengthen Family Relationships

Traditions are a great way to create family bonds. Get into the spirit with a new activity to continue for years to come. It is as simple as building a snowman together or baking cookies.

  • Go ice-skating or sledding
  • Participate in a holiday charity run or walk
  • Start an annual football game
  • Hang holiday lights together
  • Make reindeer food
  • Perform a random act of kindness: Rake leaves or shovel snow for a neighbor
FITNESS TIPS

Holiday Gifts For Health and Fitness

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Must-Have Fitness Gear and Nutrition Tools

Finding the right gift for the right person takes time. We compiled a list of health and fitness gifts in price ranges sure to fit someone on your list this year.

Health and Fitness Gifts Price
EOS Lemon Drop Lip Balm nose $3
Goodbyn lunch container $6-$9
Yummi Yogi cookie cutters $9
Nike Speed Jump Rope $15
Moving Comfort Flex Tank $25-$42
Lucy E-Tip Run Gloves $30
180s Urban With Headphones $35
Canvas EverlaneTote with snap closure $45
Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket $100

View the entire ultimate gift guide here.

 

PREVENTION

No Grocery List Regret

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Tips to Eating Healthy This Holiday Season

Eating unhealthy over the holidays can leave a person feeling remorseful. The trick is not to deny yourself your holiday favorites, but rather make healthier substitutions.

  • Choose unsalted nuts or fiber-rich crackers 
  • Buy low-fat or fat-free eggnog
  • Use fat-free evaporated milk when making potatoes
  • Add dried cranberries and raisins to your stuffing instead of meat
  • Make your gravy with low-sodium broth and skim milk
  • Avoid pre-packaged pies - crusts are high in trans and saturated fats
PREVENTION

12 Days of Holiday Fitness

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Tis the Season To Exercise

Stressed about staying trim this holiday season? Here's an easy way you can incorporate exercise into your routine over the holidays. Sung to a familiar holiday jingle, it goes something like this.."On the first day of fitness..."

 

HEALTHY TIPS

2014 Blue KC Community Report

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Stories, Videos, Partner Highlights and More

Blue KC is proud to partner with local organizations to improve the lives of those in our community.

Blue KC and its employees work shoulder-to-shoulder all across the Kansas City area to connect with our members on a personal level and make our city a healthy, vibrant place to live, work and play. The 2014 Community Report highlights some of this work.