How to Keep the Weight Off this Holiday Season + Chocolate Pear Bread

December 8, 2015

Four easy ways to keep the weight off over the holidays, plus a nutritious and delicious recipe for chocolate pear bread!

Rich chocolate pear bread is easy to make, moist, and delicious. Plus it’s a good source of fiber and calcium. Vegetarian and nut-free.

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This post was originally sponsored by Chobani as part of a partnership. I was compensated for my time, but as always all opinions are my own.

Note: The Chobani Cinnamon Pear Blended Yogurt featured in the images and original recipe was a limited batch product. I have updated the recipe using Chobani’s plain Greek yogurt and adjusted the sugar to account for the difference in the yogurts. 

Holiday parties are in full effect and so are all the extra treats that come along with them. Whether you’re feasting on potato latkes, eggnog, or Christmas cookies galore, you don’t need to be a victim of year-end weight gain. Keep the weight off this holiday season by following these few tips. You’ll enjoy all the holidays have to offer and still fit into your little black dress on New Year’s Eve!

And for a sweet treat you can feel good about, make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for my Chocolate Pear Bread recipe!

4 Tips to Keep the Weight Off Over the Holidays

Mark your calendar.

Your calendar is probably filled with cocktail parties and events over the next few weeks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find time to exercise. Just like you schedule all the holiday festivities, mark your calendar with specific times to move your body. Whether it’s a walk around the block during your lunch break or a full-on sweat session at the gym, you’ll feel better physically and mentally if you get your adrenaline flowing.

Rich chocolate pear bread is easy to make, moist, and delicious. Plus it’s a good source of fiber and calcium. Vegetarian and nut-free.

Be choosy.

While you’re at it scheduling in exercise, take a look at how many events are on tap for the week and decide if it’s necessary – and worth it – to go to all of them. Sure, you don’t want to miss your best friend’s amazing bash, but do you really need to go to every office mate’s holiday party? Save your time and energy (and calories) for the events that matter the most. And while you’re at it, be choosy about what treats you enjoy at the events you do go to. They won’t all be as nutrient-rich as the chocolate pear bread you see here!

Stick to routine.

You may think it’s better to save up calories for all those holiday specialties, but if you skip meals or eat too little the day of a party, your body will hold on to every last morsel you put in your mouth. Instead, follow your normal eating routine (which hopefully includes regular meals and snacks) to keep your metabolism going and your body in balance. If anything, just make better choices during meals and snacks on days of holiday parties.

One of the reasons I love Chobani® Greek yogurts is that they have something for everyone – even kid-friendly pouches and tubes. And with their grab-and-go packaging, they’re a convenient choice throughout the day from breakfast to snacks, packing more protein, less sugar and fewer ingredients than other popular on-the-go options. It’s the perfect snack to choose before a holiday dinner or party!

With Chobani® Greek yogurts there's something for everyone – including kid-friendly pouches and tubes. Their grab-and-go packaging makes it a convenient choice throughout the day from breakfast to snacks, packing more protein, less sugar and fewer ingredients than other popular on-the-go options.

Spend wisely.

I’m talking about calories, not money (although with all the holiday gifts you’re buying, that’s important too). There’s no doubt you’ll be eating more than usual over the next few weeks, but that doesn’t mean it should be a free for all. Before you fill your plate at parties, survey the offerings to see what appeals to you the most. And whatever you do, don’t deprive yourself of what you really want – restriction only backfires, leaving you thinking about and craving that forbidden fruit even more.

Now that you have some tools to help you keep the weight off over the holidays, it’s time to indulge in a nutritious and delicious treat. This Chocolate Pear Bread looks and tastes decadent, but is a good source of calcium thanks to the inclusion of Chobani Greek yogurt, which makes it super moist and satiating.

It’s also a good source of fiber thanks to whole grain flour and fiber-rich pears. Bring it to your office holiday party for a sweet treat everyone can feel good about or enjoy it in the quiet of your own home with a cup of coffee by your side.

Rich chocolate pear bread is easy to make, moist, and delicious. Plus it’s a good source of fiber and calcium. Vegetarian and nut-free.

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Chocolate Pear Bread

This rich chocolate quick bread studded with sweet pears is easy to make, moist, and delicious. Plus it’s a good source of fiber and calcium.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Nut-Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 171 kcal
Author Jessica

Ingredients

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 5.3-oz container Chobani Plain Non-Fat Yogurt (or 5 ounces from large container)
  • 1 cup chopped pear (pear should be ripe, but firm)
  • 2 to 3 medium-thick slices pear

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to bake at 350 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, and oil until smooth. Add the yogurt and whisk again until smooth.
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and gradually mix in the wet ingredients. Do not overmix. Fold in the chopped pears. Batter will be thick.
  5. Pour batter into greased loaf pan and make a row of the sliced pears down the center of the loaf. Bake for 55-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and rest for about 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the loaf and turn cake onto a wire rack to let cool completely.

Rich chocolate pear bread is easy to make, moist, and delicious. Plus it’s a good source of fiber and calcium. Vegetarian and nut-free.

What’s your go-to tip for keeping the weight off over the holidays?

For more healthy holiday tips, check out my 5 Ways to Stay Healthy Over the Holidays!
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  1. I love this! I just finished chopping a big salad for lunch and veggies to roast for dinner. I recognized yesterday after a coffee date with a friend when I come home famished I eat everything in site (hence the butterscotch chips lol!). Time I heed my own advice lol!

    1. Oh, I know how that goes! I often need to re-read my advice for myself too! So great you got your lunch and dinner veggies all ready to go!

  2. The exercise has been tough for me! It’s hard to balance decorating, celebrating, mommying, working, cleaning and everything else and still find time for myself. Love the idea of putting it on my calendar and scheduling it the same way I do meetings and parties. Great recipe too–yum!

    1. I’m totally with you Holley. Exercise has been lacking these days. Not easy to fit everything in. Good luck scheduling it in! Thanks for stopping by 😉

  3. These are all such great pieces of advice. Very good point on how restrictions and deprivation can only backfire – i’ve definitely learned from those mistakes. Also… this bread looks SO delicious!! I love adding yogurt to baked goods – can’t wait to try it!

    1. Thanks so much Jamie! Learning from my mistakes has definitely helped me provide people with this advice! So glad to hear you like the bread too – hope you try it!

    1. Thanks Alisa! The pear yogurt is really delish, but you can definitely make the bread with a plain non-dairy yogurt. I would probably just add a little more sugar!

    1. I can’t even imagine how challenging it’s been to be living in a hotel for so long! Glad you’re getting back to yourself…and my chocolate bread 😉

    1. Thanks so much Kelly! The cinnamon pear yogurt is definitely one of my faves – too bad it’s only a limited batch! Hope you get to try it, and my bread!

    1. I’m so glad that’s been a helpful tip – it definitely applies to food and commitments! Thanks – hope you give the bread a try!

  4. This looks so yummy Jessica! I’ve made a gluten-free bundt cake before with yogurt, and it came out so moist and delicious. I definitely want to try making a gluten free version of your chocolate pear bread!!

  5. This bread sounds amazing! I love the chocolate pear combo 🙂 As for keeping the weight off during the holidays, sticking to my normal routine is KEY for me. Gym every morning or so, followed by a healthy breakfast and a solid lunch. I let myself slip a bit at dinner time for treats, but not every day. Being choosy is another good tip!

    1. Thanks Taylor. Sticking to routine seems to be hands down the #1 most important for most people. I bet you could whip this loaf up in no time!

    1. It’s such a yummy combo, I hope you’ll try it! I’ve been using white whole wheat flour for my baking all the time now – so much easier than using 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 all purpose!

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  7. I had no idea that Chobani has a pear cinnamon yogurt – that sounds like Christmas in a container! This bread looks delicious as is, but I bet if you cubed it and made a parfait with extra pear cinnamon yogurt it’d be a super tasty dessert or special breakfast!

    1. That parfait sounds like a delicious idea Kelli! I actually do not think that Chobani still makes that cinnamon pear yogurt 🙁 I just looked at their products and seems they have an apple cinnamon one. Will need to update the recipe to account for that change. I would just use plain nonfat or lowfat greek yogurt instead of the flavored one and add a couple more teaspoons of sugar to account for the difference in added sugar in the flavored yogurt. LMK if you give it a try!

  8. i like the idea of sticking with the normal schedule, eating your meals regularly rather than starving all day to feast at a party…

  9. These are great tips. I find it hard to stick to my healthy eating routine during holidays but with little effort it’s totally doable. I’ll be making this choco pear bread very soon. Looks absolutely amazing. Love it!

  10. Yum, this sounds amazing! I have not tried that flavor of Chobani, but will look for it!!

    1. Thanks Angela. Unfortunately the Cinnamon Pear Chobani is a limited edition – I need to update the post. But I would use plain yogurt plus a couple teaspooons more sugar to get the same level of sweetness. LMK if you try it!