Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays!
With so many delicious foods on the table, it can be tempting to want to try everything you lay your eyes on and still maintain a healthy diet. Good news is you don’t have to worry about going overboard or saying no to your favorite slice of pumpkin pie. Here are a couple of suggestions that can help you and your friends and family enjoy a holiday feast without any guilt.
- Think portion control
One of the most important ways to keep from eating too much this holiday season is to limit the size of your portions. Try using a portioned sized plate that will help you know how much turkey is enough and how much stuffing is too much. This is a great trick to be aware of how much food you’re putting on your plate.
- Plan your meals carefully
The Internet is full of fun and healthy recipes for you to host the tastiest holiday feast yet. Scan for different ideas for main dishes, appetizers and side dishes with the same flavors but reduced calories and fat. Just reducing the amount of cheese or type of milk in a dish can dramatically reduce the calories without losing any flavor.
- Go green!
I know you’re excited about the savory mashed potatoes and ham, but don’t forget to include plenty of green, leafy veggies in your holiday menu. A kale or spring mix salad with a side of green beans will add the perfect contrast to any Thanksgiving plate. Including greens in your meal will fill your stomach with powerful nutrients to get your holiday dinner off to a great start.
Other tips & tricks!
- As you prepare for the holidays, here are some other suggestions to consider:
- Go easy on the sauces, syrups and toppings that can add hundreds of calories to a meal.
- Serve water at the dinner table, rather than juices, sodas and lemonade. It's a healthier alternative and a great everyday habit for your family.
- Talk a walk after dinner. Even a little movement can burn off extra calories.