During the holidays, all healthy eating habits go down the drain. Overeating and mindless eating seem to be very popular around this time of year. Most people gain approximately 5 lbs between thanksgivings and New Year’s. Avoiding weight gain and having a goal of at least maintenance would be ideal. Changing some habits during gatherings and dinner parties goes a long way. Here are some tips to stay healthy and on track during the holidays.
Stay Active. If your gym is closed, do some yoga at home or go for a walk before your holiday festivities begin.
Don’t skip meals. Have breakfast and a light lunch to avoid mindless eating at the holiday dinner. Saving all calories for one meal should be avoided due to over eating when the meal is ready.
Watch your portions. Limit yourself to one plate only. Fill half your plate with any vegetable available, make it colorful if possible. Make sure to include a protein and one starch like potatoes, rice, corn or stuffing
Go crazy for fruit. It’s very tempting to over indulge in the sugar and fat packed desserts that are beautifully set up on the dinner table. Well, choose a small plate fill it up with fruit and pick one of your favorite desserts, and cut a very thin slice.
Don’t drink your calories. Flavored soda water like lemon, strawberry and cherry is another way to add the fizz and flavor without added sugar. Enjoying one glass of wine for woman and two for men has added benefits for heart health.
Take the focus off food. The holidays are a great time to catch up with family and friends. Take advantage of this time to focus on socializing rather than focusing on food.
Take a healthy dish with you. Choose a healthy dish that you like and take it with you, could be something you and your family can enjoy. Like: a plate of fresh veggies with hummus or arugula salad with peaches
Easy HUMMUS dip for the holidays: (prep:5min)
Ingredients: 2 cups (16 servings)
- 1(15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained (reserve liquid)
- 2ounces fresh jalapeno pepper sliced
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 cloves garlic minced
In a blender or food processor, combine garbanzo beans, jalapeno, cumin, lemon juice, garlic and 1 tablespoon of the reserved bean liquid. Blend until smooth
Nutritional facts (per serving): Calories 23kcal, 4.5gm carbohydrate, Protein 1 gm
By: Sabine Saoud R.D.