Healthy Holiday Tips
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Calendars are packed with holiday parties, shopping for last minute gifts, and cookies and pies galore. The cold air makes warm comfort food even more appealing and the stress and hectic schedules can cause us to snack less healthfully than we should, thinking all too often, “I’ll just start in January”.
Did you know the average American gains 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Why dig yourself in a hole to start the new year?! Read below for some healthy tips to battle the bulge this holiday season! For those interested in a personalized nutrition plan, NOW is the perfect time!! Maintain, not gain, this winter! Contact Whitney@cuisine365.net to schedule your appointment today!
Don’t Arrive Hangry – save yourself some calories (and possibly friends) this season by not waiting until the party to gorge yourself. Eat a balanced breakfast, lunch, and afternoon protein-rich snack before arriving at the holiday party. Waiting too long and arriving ravenous will only guarantee you overeat.
Marathon Not a Sprint – pace yourself. Take a lap around the party and eyeball all the “must have” treats. Then, slowly eat your favorites as you socialize. No one wants the buzzkill of finishing dessert only to see their favorite chocolate cake in the next room.
Savor the Flavor – similar to the above tip, eat SLOWLY. Chew your food, put your fork down in between bites, and drink WATER to help your body recognize when you’re full. Keep in mind, it takes about 15-20 minutes for your stomach to transmit the signal to your brain.
Eat Veggies First – if you skipped tip #1, go wild on veggies. Then, fill your plate with some of the other food and slowly enjoy!
Take a Healthy Option – Worried there won’t be anything healthy there? Take control. Provide a healthy snack for all to enjoy. Veggie and hummus platter, fruit with yogurt dip, ratatouille, quinoa edamame salad, etc.
Calling All Chefs!
- When a recipe calls for sour cream, use Greek yogurt instead for extra protein and less saturated fat.
- If a recipe calls for sugar, use dates, honey, or applesauce instead for a less processed sugar with more antioxidants.
- Recipes requiring butter or oil can often be substituted with bananas (1 cup to 1 cup mashed banana ratio). Bananas are rich in potassium and nutrients and much less calories.
- When a recipe calls for bread crumbs, use rolled oats instead! Oats contain more fiber and are much less processed!
- Anytime a recipe calls for all-purpose (aka white) flour, you can use half whole wheat and half all-purpose without altering the taste!