Healthy holiday eating
Pumpkin pie. Glazed hams. Holiday cookies. With all the treats during the holidays, here are some handy tips to help you manage your weight and enjoy the cheer of the season.
Keep these tips in mind when going to or organizing a holiday gathering.
- Don’t go to a party hungry.
- Watch the portion size of everything, from cheese puffs to martinis. This is a time for relaxed indulgence so it’s fine to enjoy your favorite holiday foods, but take smaller pieces—or only one—so you can enjoy the variety.
- If you drink alcohol, remember that it has lots of calories. To minimize the dietary challenges posed by alcoholic beverages, consider these two strategies. First, drink a glass of water or plain soda along with cocktails. Second, consider ordering a tall cocktail with lots of ice, like a Bloody Mary or wine spritzer.
- Include a physical activity - like a walk or tag football - in your family’s holiday celebrations. A 45-minute walk after Thanksgiving dinner will go a long way towards counteracting those turkey-time snooze sessions.
Plan a healthy platter
Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are great for you any season of the year. They’re sources of antioxidants, which may add years to your life and improve overall health—so be on the lookout for them at parties you attend and be sure to include them in your own party platters.
- Dark green broccoli, spinach and Brussels sprouts.
- Bright orange carrots, mangoes, oranges and yams
- Vivid red tomatoes, beets, cranberries and strawberries
- Deep blue-black blueberries, blackberries and raspberries
When thinking of starches, again go for color. Aim for dark, nutty grains like barley, oats, brown or wild rice, quinoa, lentils, sweet potatoes and pinto and garbanzo beans.