Healthy Holiday Choices


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The holidays may include gatherings and parties that can result in overeating and weight gain. Before attending holiday gatherings focus on your decision to have a healthy holiday.

 Enjoy all the food groups at your celebration
o Prepare whole-grain crackers with hummus as an appetizer.
o Add unsalted nuts and black beans to a green-leaf salad.
o Include fresh fruit at the dessert table.
o Use low-fat milk instead of heavy cream in your casseroles.

 Make sure your protein is lean
o Turkey, roast beef, or fresh ham are lean protein choices.
o Trim visible fat before cooking.
o Try baking or broiling instead of frying.
o Go easy on the sauces and gravies.

 Cheers to good health
o Quench your thirst with low calorie options.
o Drink water with lemon or lime slices.
o Offer seltzer water with a splash of 100% juice.

 Bake healthier
o Use recipes with unsweetened applesauce or mashed ripe bananas instead of butter.
o Try reducing the amount of sugar listed in recipes.
o Use spices such as cinnamon, allspice, or nutmeg to add flavor.

 Tweak the sweet
o For dessert, try baked apples with cinnamon and a sprinkle of sugar instead of apple pie.
o Invite your guests to make their own parfait with colorful sliced fruit and low-fat yogurt.

 Be the life of the party
o Laugh, mingle, dance, and play games.
o Focus on fun and enjoy the company of others.

 Make exercise a part of the fun
o Make being active part of your holiday tradition.
o Have fun walking and talking with family and friends after a holiday meal.

 Enjoy leftovers
o Create delicious new meals with your leftovers.
o Add turkey to soups and salads.
o Use extra veggies in omelets, sandwiches, or stews.
**Source: ChooseMyPlate.gov

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