Healthy Eating for the Holidays
The holidays are a great time for celebrating. With a little thought and planning, you can still enjoy all the holidays have to offer while keeping nutrition and wellness in mind.
Focus on fun, not food.
Keep your focus on fun family activities and events like holiday decorating or caroling rather than food.
Bring a healthy dish to holiday gatherings.
The party host will be grateful for the help and guests will appreciate a healthier menu option.
Make fruits and vegetables the star.
Make fruits and vegetables the center of attention at holiday meals and fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.
Choose indulgences wisely.
When you choose to indulge, choose foods that are unique and special to the season. Don't waste calories on store-bought cookies or foods you can have any time of year.
Choose small portions.
Start with a small serving. You can have more later if you are still hungry.
Avoid sugary drinks.
Choose water and unsweetened drinks like tea instead of sugary drinks such as eggnog or cider. Sugary drinks are full of unnecessary extra calories.
You can reduce extra calories without sacrificing taste by swapping ingredients in your favorite family recipes.
- Substitute applesauce, mashed bananas, or canned pumpkin for oil, margarine, or butter in muffins or quick breads.
- Try low-fat yogurt in place of sour cream and low-fat cream cheese in place of regular cream cheese.
- Use whole-wheat flour as a substitute for white flour when baking.
- Use herbs and spices instead of salt and sugar.