Holiday Survival Tips
- Eat a light, healthy snack such as fruit, almonds, or yogurt before parties. This will help you curb your hunger and make better choices.
- Make sure vegetables take up half the room on your plate.
- Substitute whole wheat flour for half of the all-purpose flour in baked goods. Whole grains provide nutrients such as fiber, B vitamins, and minerals like iron , magnesium, and selenium.
- Moderation is the key. Selecting small portions allows you to control your calorie intake yet enjoy all the different items offered. If you really crave a high-calorie item, go ahead and treat yourself to a small serving.
- When you arrive at celebrations, check out all the food options and develop a plan which will enable you to sample foods you enjoy without abandoning the good habits you’ve formed.
- Take time and enjoy the taste of your meal. Pace yourself and try to be the last person to finish each course. Take small bites, and chew slowly.
- Finally, celebrate and focus on what the holidays are really about – spending time with family and friends. Find creative activities or ways to get your family and friends to play a game or be active instead of eating.
Choose More Often:
•Turkey breast •Tossed salad •Chicken breast •Steamed vegetables •Mineral water •Fresh fruit
Choose Less Often:
•Beef prime rib •Gravy •Pie •Bread pudding •Cake •Candy •Stuffing •Eggnog •Sugar-sweetened beverages
We tend to focus so much on providing gifts for everyone else, that we often forget to give ourselves the most important gift of all…the gift of health. Take this holiday quiz to see how ready you are for this holiday season.
Holiday Fun Quiz:
1. Three ounces of meat is about the size of a _____. (Hint: You can use this to play rummy!)
2. Serve this for dessert to add color (and fiber) to your holiday table.
3. This activity can be fun for the whole family and is a good way to burn extra calories!
4. These little holiday treats can really add up in calories (about 2,000 calories per pound!) so try to bake fewer and make them smaller.
5. Always buy ____ milk so you avoid the saturated fat of its whole counterpart.
6. Remove this from your turkey before eating, since it is high in fat.
Answers: 1. deck of cards, 2. fruit, 3. walk or exercise, 4. cookies, 5. skim or fatfree, 6. skin
Have a fun and safe holiday season!