Healthy eating during the holidays? Sounds like an oxymoron to me with such dishes as turkey and gravy, buttery mashed potatoes, stuffing, canned cranberry sauce, greenie beanie casserole, candied sweet potatoes, corn casserole, sherbet punch, etc. being served. What is a health-conscious, diet-challenged person to do?
There are several approaches that one can take:
-portion control- this is often talked about and is the true key to eating any time of the year
-be choosy- pick the foods that arenít available at other times of the year
-lighten up some of the dishes:
-mashed potatoes- use a blend of low fat milk and chicken stock
-cranberry sauce- make it with fresh cranberries so you can control the sugar (it only takes a couple of minutes and the taste is fantastic!)
-veggie sides- substitute the heavy casseroles with fresh or frozen seasoned vegetables: green beans with olive oil and garlic, corn with diced red peppers, broccoli stir-fried with red onion, cauliflower with a light sprinkling of parmesan cheese
-as the host offer:
- a pitcher of ice water as an alternative to the calorie laden beverages that are often served
- fresh snacks while everyone is waiting to eat- veggies and fruit in any form (just watch the heavy Ranch and caramel dips)
-nuts in the shell to crack- not as easy to scoop handfuls of fat laden salty nuts
Go into the holidays with a plan of how to eat healthy and you may be amazed how much you enjoy the food.
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