Five Tips for a Healthier Holiday

It is that dangerously delicious time of year again. From Halloween through New Years candy, cakes, pies, cookies and all manner of sweets, not to mention the very calorie packed traditional holiday dishes, surround us. And if you are trying to lose weight, reduce your sugar intake or avoid foods that you are sensitive to, this time of year can be stressful. Yet total avoidance would mean a loss in the fun festive feeling. Here are 5 tips on how you can make small changes and still enjoy your holiday season:

  1. Fill up on veggies first. When you sit down to a holiday meal or go through a buffet, fill your first plate with salad and vegetables. Then when you go back, limit yourself to one plate of the rest of the foods, and take small portions of each. This way you are sure to get in the healthier vegetables, but you still get to enjoy your favorite foods.
  1. Deconstruct your casseroles. From green bean to sweet potato, the casserole is a popular holiday dish. Try deconstructing these to feature the vegetable more prominently. Take out the cream, the marshmallows, the breading. Roast, bake or steam your vegetable, add some olive oil, coconut oil or grass fed butter, sprinkle lightly with parmesan cheese or shaved coconut, and season with lots of herbs and spices.
  1. Choose one! Keep in mind that holiday drinks are essentially liquid dessert. Choose either the drink or the dessert, whichever you enjoy more.
  1. Find balance. If you are anticipating a heavy meal for dinner, have a salad with lots of raw vegetables and a lean protein source, such as chicken, beans or a hard-boiled egg for lunch.
  1. Drink lots of water! You should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces (120lbs = 60oz of water) daily. This will aid in digestion and help everything move through.

If you follow these tips you can be well on your way to a healthier holiday, without feeling deprived. Need more ideas on what to make? Come to our Healthy Holiday Fare workshop on November 19 at 2.

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