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Healthy Holiday Tips

Nov 20, 2017

Healthy Holiday Tips

Eating healthy during the holidays can be tough. Here are some tips for enjoying the holidays while still keeping them healthy and happy:

 

  1. Follow the MyPlate method and make half of your plate fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are full of fiber which can help keep you full and on track during the holidays.
  2. Portion control is key when it comes to sweets. Try picking one or two of your favorites and not going back for more. Sitting away from the sweets table can be helpful
  3. Bring a healthy side dish or appetizer. Try roasted sweet potatoes, or sautéed green beans instead of more traditional unhealthy sides. Other guests may be happy you brought something healthy too.
  4. Don’t skip meals. Skipping breakfast in order to have a larger lunch or dinner is not a good option. Try eating a small balanced breakfast that keeps you full so that when it comes to dinner your calories and your plate are still in line with your goals.
  5. Save the calories for your food, not your drinks. Try drinking water and other calorie-free beverages instead of consuming calories from drinks. These calories have no nutritional benefit and are extra calories that we don’t need.
  6. Try changing things up by swapping unhealthy ingredients for healthier ones. If you normally eat sour cream try plain Greek yogurt in a recipe. Another great swap is using applesauce in place of butter or oil. You won’t know the difference!
  7. Make time to move. Exercising is usually not something that comes after those big holiday meals, however it can help us stay healthy during the holidays. Instead of sitting down afterwards go on a family walk for 30 minutes after dinner.
  8. Spice things up! Try using different combinations of herbs and spices in your dish to make it flavorful while cutting the salt.
  9. Opt for whole-grain options instead of white breads and rolls. There is more fiber to help keep you full. Be sure to check the labels to ensure that they are truly whole-grain.
  10. Have a good time! Socializing is part of the fun during the holidays. Make sure to take time to socialize during these gatherings and make it less about what you are eating and more about who you are with.

 

For more tips and information on healthy eating visit www.choosemyplate.gov. Visit our recipe center for great recipes to try out this holiday season!