Keep Holiday Eating in Check

Thanksgiving is all about the food, even health experts realize that.

David Johns from Total Health and Fitness shares perspective that will help you make healthy decisions this holiday season.
Pumpkin Cheesecake
1/3 c graham cracker crumbs
1 can (16 oz) pumpkin puree
2 c low-fat ricotta cheese
3/4 c sugar
3 T all-purpose flour
1 T non-fat dry milk powder
1 T ground cinnamon
1 t ground allspice
1 egg white
3/4 c canned evaporated skim milk
1 T melted coconut oil
1 T vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add graham cracker crumbs and shake to coat pan evenly. Set aside.

2. Combine pumpkin and ricotta cheese in a food processor or blender; process until smooth. Add rest of ingredients and process until smooth.

3. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 275 degrees and bake for another 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn off oven; leave cheesecake in oven with door closed for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Enjoy this less sinful Thanksgiving treat!

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