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Life Lessons: Healthy holiday eating

Published On: Nov 12 2013 04:00:00 AM CST

The average American packs on 7-10 extra pounds between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day.

Turkey, lasagna, and lots of desserts are usually part of the typical holiday meal.

"The average American is said from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day to pack on anywhere from between 7 and 10 pounds," says Raffa Raw owner Christine Raffa.

But Raffa has some raw recipes that can help keep the pounds off and detox your body.

One of them is a lasagna roll up.

Instead of pasta, use slender strips of raw zucchini and instead of cheese, make a nut cheese.

In a food processor, add cashew nuts soaked in water, lemon juice, salt, herbs, and process until smooth. Add one tablespoon of water at a time until a ball of cheese forms.

To create a paste to replace the sauce, put sundried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt, dates, basil, and cayenne pepper if you like it spicy. Mix in a blender until you get a paste-like consistency.

Spread a little nut cheese on a zucchini slice, roll it up, add your paste and serve.

And for dessert you can make a sweet chocolate avocado pudding.

Scoop out two avocados, mix in a half cup of all natural cocoa powder, add a quarter cup of agave to sweeten things up, place in blender until it is creamy smooth.

" A wonderful party addition when you are trying to keep things thin during the holiday season," Raffa said.