-by Noelle Thomas of Nutrition Services at Grandview Medical Center
Check out these tips to help stay healthy over the holidays!
- Be realistic. Do not try to lose weight during the holidays, instead try maintaining.
- Plan time for exercise. Have family or friends join you at the park.
- Eat a light snack before a party to lessen the temptation to over-indulge later.
- Survey the buffet before filling your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Include vegetables and fruits to keep your plate balanced.
- Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor each flavor and create conversation.
- Beware of hidden calories in beverages.
- If you over eat one meal go light on the next. Don’t skip meals.
- Take the focus off food. Find activities other than eating to do with family & friends.
You can also try some of these healthy holiday cooking tips:
- Gravy: refrigerate to harden fat and then skim off the fat (saves about 56 g per cup)
- Dressing: use less bread and add more onions, garlic, celery and vegetables. Moisten or flavor with low fat/low sodium chicken or vegetable broth and applesauce
- Turkey: enjoy without the skin (saves 11 g per 3 oz)
- Green Bean Casserole: fresh green beans with potatoes instead of cream soup and top with almonds instead of friend onion rings
- Quick Holiday Nog: blend 4 bananas, 1 and 1/2 c skim or almond milk, 1 and 1/2 c plain nonfat yogurt, 1/4 tsp rum extract then top with nutmeg.
- Desserts: try crust-less pumpkin pie. substitute 2 egg whites for each whole egg or replace heavy cream with evaporated skim milk in your favorite recipes.