Friday, December 19, 2014

Strategies for Holiday Eating

As the holidays approach, so do the numerous parties. This can present many challenges when trying to eat healthy. Here are some helpful strategies to keep your outings healthy and happy.
  • Move your socializing away from the food.
  • Start your day with smaller meals if you plan on treating yourself later.
  • Include as many fruits and vegetables as you can either prior to the party or during the party.
  • Don't starve yourself prior to the party. It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain you are full. You can eat a lot in 20 minutes.
  • Don’t rush to eat– take time to socialize.
  • Start off with a nonalcoholic, low-calorie drink.
  • If there is a buffet, scan the entire buffet before putting every food item on your plate.
  • Include some type of exercising when possible. Walking or climbing the stairs are activities that don't require going to the gym.
  • Maintain weight rather than setting a goal for weight loss during the holidays to avoid disappointment.
  • Most of all, enjoy the holidays!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Stay on Track for the Holidays

When the winter holidays arrive, many individuals tend to forget about their commitments to healthy eating. With the stress of planning events and catering to your family’s needs, along with the cravings for traditional holiday foods, it is easy to slip into some unhealthy eating habits. If you are hosting a holiday event, there are several ways to alter traditional recipes to cut fat, salt, and calories. These suggestions ensure that taste is not sacrificed in the making!
  • Substitute two egg whites for each whole egg in a recipe to cut cholesterol
  • Use low-sodium chicken broth when preparing mashed squash or potatoes. The strong flavor of the broth reduces the need for tons of added butter or margarine.
  • Substitute applesauce for oil, butter, or margarine in baked goods like muffins and quick breads. Try substituting a small amount first as the texture and flavor of the product may change
  • Sliced almonds can make a delicious topping on green bean casserole instead of fried onions
  • Remember to use low-fat cheese when making casseroles and other holiday dishes