Holiday Survival Guide: Tips for Smarter Holiday Eating at Home
It’s that time of the year again! From holiday parties and gatherings to special treats and sweets, the holiday season is a time when your home is filled with your favorite people and indulgent foods.
It can be hard to make healthy eating a priority during the holidays, but these five tips can help guide you to healthier meals and better choices at home all season long.
1. Skip the Diet, Stick to Moderation
For most of us, we’re setting ourselves up for failure when we try to stick to a diet into the holiday season. It’s a time full of sweet temptations and homemade feasts. The key is to remember that it’s much harder to lose weight than gain it. So this year, put a focus on moderation and it will serve you better than trying to stick to a strict, all-or-nothing meal plan for you and your family.
2. Classic Cooking Methods are Often Healthier
If you didn’t deep fry your turkey this year, you’re right on track! Make use of your kitchen’s everyday appliances and stick to roasting or grilling dishes for rich flavor with fewer calories.
3. Enhance Holiday Favorites with Healthy Alternatives
Your famous home-cooked casserole might be a holiday favorite but it could very well be time to modernize the recipe. Avoid using large amounts of butter and heavy cream. There are many ingredients you can use as a substitute without sacrificing flavor. Use ingredients like fat-free yogurt, light cream cheese and low-fat milk to take their place. And try yogurt or applesauce instead of oil in baked goods.
4. Watch Out for Holiday Beverages
Many people try to stay conscious of their food intake during the many feasts of the holiday season, but it’s easy to forget that beverages can pack on a lot of calories.
Eggnog, the famous holiday favorite in many homes, is a decisive culprit. This year, consider your choice of beverage with the same scrutiny you would have for a dessert, and you’ll be in good shape.
5. Make Time for Healthy Meals During the Pre-Holiday Frenzy
In the days leading up to the holidays, the seasonal frenzy sets in. Most people are busy taking care of last minute errands, wrapping presents and preparing for the incoming in-laws. This is when it is vital to plan ahead and cook healthy at home. That way, you’ll stay on track with your health goals and have more wiggle room to savor those big holiday feasts ahead.
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