‘Tis the season for temptation! For many people, the holidays bring more than joy --- it can also bring unwanted pounds. Food is the centerpiece for many holiday festivities and it’s hard to say no to all those delicious treats. BLAST900’s Director of Nutrition Hillary King understands the difficulty in maintaining good eating habits during the holiday season. To provide more insight on eating and drinking sensibly, she has listed some ways to enjoy the holidays guilt-free. Here are 10 tips to keep your holiday a little healthier:
- Prepare to eat before the party, do not arrive hungry. You’ll be less likely to indulge in holiday temptations.
- Choose a protein for your plate first, like a chicken or fish, before moving to a vibrantly colored side like a rich leafy green.
- Use smaller dishware to help with portion control. If at a formal gathering, cut the first helping in half to make room for seconds.
- Pass on hors d’oeuvres. They may be small, but calories add up fast.
- Interact with party attendees. Work the room and focus on spending more time socializing than eating.
- Opt for champagne or pink prosecco as a low-calorie holiday drink.
- Make several trips to the bar and ask the bartender to only fill your drink halfway to keep your total calorie intake to a minimum.
- While holiday shopping, pack snacks! Consider carrying almonds or turkey jerky over eating at the food court.
- Holiday themed coffee drinks are often more caloric than a regular cup of coffee. Add cinnamon or drizzle peppermint extract for a low-calorie customized treat.
- Limit fast food as a quick fix to a meal. Instead, cook and store prepared recipes to reheat on busy nights.
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