Healthy Holiday Hints

Healthy Eating Tip: Healthy Holiday Hints

It’s Thanksgiving WEEK! Can you believe it!? The holiday season has officially begun. 🙂 Pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, stuffing and gravy, roasted turkey and an abundance of cookies are officially in season.

It’s tough being surrounded constantly by delicious holiday treats and entrees! Here are some helpful holiday eating tips so you can enjoy your favorite desserts and dishes without feeling like you’re the stuffed turkey;)

Be Social: Instead of spending all your time at the buffet table, mingle with your friends and family away from the food.

Eat Your Veggies: Not only are they loaded with fiber to help satisfy your hunger but they don’t quickly add up the extra holiday calories.

Be Mindful Of Your Beverages: Many holiday cocktails have empty calories, eggnog has nearly 350 calories per cup! Drink water or diet sodas. If you do choose an adult beverages use a low calorie mixer, or drink a light beer or red wine.

Keep Your Breath Fresh: Keep gum or mints on hand. A nice clean feeling in your mouth will help reduce the temptation to go overboard on food.

Share Your Food Gifts: If you get a box of chocolate, platter of treats or big bag of holiday cashews, offer your gift to others. This is one time re-gifting might actually be appropriate 😉

Help Your Host: Helping serve others, and clean the dishes might actually be fun if you’re doing it with the people you love. Helping out not only gets you moving but it also limits the time you have to sit around and eat unneeded calories.

Enjoy the Holiday Treats on the Holiday: Often we eat like it is Christmas the week before and the week after. Leave the special treats to the actual holiday.

Enjoy Your Food: Slow down and take time to chew your food. Savor the flavors you only get once a year. Make sure you’ve swallowed your food before you put another bite in your mouth.

Trick Your Eyes: Use smaller plates at buffet-style parties. Using a smaller plate will fill up with food quicker therefore leaving less room to pack on additional calories to the plate.

Snack Before: Curb your hunger by eating a healthy snack before attending a party.

Balancing Act: Balance what you know you want to eat or drink at parties with what you eat during the day.

Know Your Options: Review food choices offered at a party before making your selections. This way you can choose healthier choices and make room for the special treats you want to splurge on.

Try Small Portions: Take small “tastes” of high calorie desserts and dishes so you can try most of the foods without feeling deprived or overeating!

Hopefully you can apply some of these holiday eating behaviors to help you ENJOY this joyous time of year (full of candy, cookies and casseroles…) while maintaining your waist line!

Happy Holidays Everyone! 🙂

Let’s Be Robust!


About Julie Shobe

I'm a registered dietitian (RD) who has a passion for eating a balanced diet, staying active and loving the Lord.
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