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Healthy Holiday Tips!

The holiday season is a time for celebrating with family and friends over food and drinks.  With a little thought and planning, you can still enjoy all the holidays have to offer with good nutrition and physical activity in mind!

Simple Healthy Holiday Tips

  • Eat regular meals.  Skipping breakfast or lunch may cause you to overeat.  Don't arrive on an empty stomach.
  • Focus on fun, not food.  Plan fun family activities and events that takes the focus off of food. Healthy Holiday Tips Handouts Healthy Holiday Tips Handouts Healthy Holiday Tips Handouts Healthy Holiday Tips Handouts
  • Make fruits and vegetables the stars.  Remember to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.
  • Bring a healthy dish to holiday gatherings.
  • Choose small portions.  Choosing small portions allows you to control your calorie intake yet enjoy many different dishes offered.
  • Sip smart.  Choose water and unsweetened drinks like tea instead of sugary drinks such as eggnog or hot chocolate.
  • Find healthy distractions.  Talk to people during holiday parties, sit or stand away from the buffet table.
  • Choose indulgences wisely.  Choose foods that are unique and special to the season.

Simple Recipe Swaps

  • Use chicken or vegetable broth instead of butter and cream when making mashed potatoes.
  • Substitute applesauce, mashed bananas or canned pumpkin for oil, margarine or butter in muffins, brownies or quick breads.
  • Use whole-wheat flour as a substitute for white flour when baking.
  • Use herbs or spices to give foods flavor instead of salt and sugar.
  • Sprinkle salads with chopped nuts instead of croutons.
  • Try low-fat plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream and low-fat cream cheese in place of regular cream cheese.

Get Moving

  • Go for a walk to look at holiday lights rather than driving.
  • Take the stairs whenever possible.
  • Try a new winter activity such as ice skating, snowshoeing or skiing.
  • Make physical activity a family tradition by going for a walk after your holiday meal.
  • Play in the snow or sand.

Happy holidays and a healthy New Year from the entire team at Learning ZoneXpress!

 

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