Never skip meals and always eat breakfast. Eat small, healthy snacks during the day to prevent yourself from being ravenous at your holiday parties and overindulging
If you do overindulge at one meal, don’t stress about it – just get back on track with your next meal and go for a walk to help digest your food and burn some calories
Don’t drink your calories! Monitor alcohol and soda consumption. Both are high in calories (especially the eggnog). Try alternating water and alcoholic beverages
Modify your recipes:
- Low-fat/nonfat versions of yogurt, sour cream and mayonnaise
- Herbs and spices for salt and fats
- Strained unsweetened applesauce for butter or oil in baking (1:1 ratio). Or try mashed up bananas.
- Make mashed potatoes from scratch –
- Leave some of the skins on to increase fiber and vitamin content,
- Add two cloves of garlic while the potatoes simmer (heart healthy addition!)
- Use a combination of low-sodium chicken stock and skim milk for mashing the potatoes
- Use a heart-healthy brand of margarine
- Roasted garlic and fresh chives add great flavor
- Buy whole-grain rolls instead of white rolls
- In baking, use half whole-wheat flour and half white flour to increase fiber and vitamin content
- Use low-fat greek yogurt or evaporated skim milk instead of cream
- There are thousands of healthy holiday recipes on the internet.
Eat smaller portions or use a smaller plate. Share a piece of pie and don’t go back for seconds.
Pace, don’t race. Eat your food slowly. If you eat too fast your stomach won’t have time to register that it is full. Savor each bite and wait 20 minutes before going back for seconds!
Trim back the trimmings. Dressings and side dishes are typically high in calories. Eat turkey without the skin, make gravy with little or no fat and use lighter dressings.
Save your “splurges” for a dish, dessert or drink you truly enjoy – and have a ½ portion instead of an oversized plate-full.
Skip the appetizers – nibble on raw vegetables, low fat dips and salsa. Or better yet, bring your own healthy appetizer; a few of my favorite are below!