Healthy Holiday Eating

The holidays are full of festivities, fun, and FOOD! Eating a balanced, healthy diet around the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult. Take a look at these strategies to make sure you keep your consumption in check!

Food Strategies:

  • Watch your portion sizes! There are plenty of dishes served at a holiday dinner. If you want to sample all of them, make sure to take smaller amounts than you normally would.
  • Make sure to eat fruit and vegetable dishes first! More often than not, these dishes are lower in calories and will fill you up.
  • Eat until you’re satisfied, not stuffed!
  • Bring your own healthful dish to a holiday gathering. Not only will your host appreciate the additional dish, but the guests will enjoy the variety.
  • Set realistic goals. Try to maintain a healthy balance during the holidays by remembering to stay active, fill up on wholesome foods, and refrain from overindulging.

Skip That, Eat This Instead!

  • Choose white meat instead of dark meat
  • Drink apple cider instead of eggnog
  • Prepare fresh steamed green beans instead of green bean casserole
  • Grab the whole wheat rolls instead of white flour rolls
  • Savor sweet potatoes instead of creamy scalloped potatoes

Set Some Goals: Be realistic. Try to maintain a healthy balance during the holidays by remembering to stay active, fill up on wholesome foods, and refrain from overindulging.

Get Moving!

  • Aim to get about 30 minutes of exercise in each day
  • Do an exercise video/DVD with the family or friends instead of going to a movie
  • Get your family to participate in a football game, after-dinner walk, or a fun holiday run
  • Enjoy classic winter activities such as sledding and ice skating