‘Tis the season for family, festivity, and food – lots of food. The phrases “Healthy Eating” and “Holiday Season” can seem like they’re far from compatible, however with a little pre-planning and smart tips, you won’t have to sacrifice your waistline for a good time this holiday season!
Read our 5 tips for eating healthy this holiday season below!
1. Don’t Skip Meals : Skipping breakfast or lunch to ‘save’ calories has the potential to backfire! If you do this, it’s possible that you’ll show up for the holiday feast twice as hungry and this can lead to overeating. Rather than skip meals, a good idea is to have a healthy pre-party snack before you arrive. If you do this, you’re less likely to overeat and over indulge in high calorie foods. A few ideas for things to eat before your holiday party are :
2. Bring A Healthy Dish : If you know the feeling of searching through a sea of high-calorie and unhealthy foods at a holiday gathering only to be disappointed by the lack of healthy options, this one is for you! Prepare your favorite healthy dish and bring it with you to add to the holiday dinner selection! This way, you’ll know you have at least one healthy option when it comes time to eat and other health conscious party guests will likely be thankful too!
3. Leave Room For Your Favorites : The holidays are about a lot of things : Family, Fun, Giving, Charity and of course, Food! Family gatherings can sometimes only happen a few times a year and this means that your opportunity to eat your Aunt’s famous apple pie is a pretty rare one! Don’t miss out on these once or twice a year treats. Take into account what food you’ve just got to have for this special occasion from your families’ kitchens and account for them when making your plate to avoid over eating and excess calorie consumption.
4. Avoid Drinking Calories When Possible : The thing about Hot Chocolate, Eggnog and other spirits is as much as we love them, they’re super high in calories! A cup of Eggnog can average 500 calories, a cup of Hot Chocolate 250 and a glass of red wine around 200 calories. This may not seem so bad if you only have one, but if you have one of each or seconds, these calories can add up very quickly and because we’re drinking them rather than eating them, we don’t notice them as much! Avoid going way over your calorie goal by cutting back on drinking your calories and opting instead for lower calorie drinks and when possible, water!
5. Stay Active! The Holiday’s are all about family and fun! Find ways to have fun with those closest to you by staying active and burning off those holiday dinner calories. Turn up the tunes for a dance party, or gather your cousins for a walk around the block! The possibilities are endless and you get to stay fit while spending time with those you love!