Food may be the centerpiece of a holiday get-together but that doesn’t mean healthy eating has to take a back seat. By changing a few eating and cooking habits, you can still enjoy the holidays in a way that's good for you and your family. A few simple tips will help you enjoy the festivities and avoid calorie overload.
Eating at a party
- Choose only the foods you really love.
- Think small portions when filling your plate.
- Chew your food slowly; notice the taste and texture.
- Drink water or low-calorie beverages.
- Limit filling foods such as rolls and potatoes and select vegetables instead.
- Reduce fat in recipes by using substitutions such as low or fat-free dairy products.
- Use less salt or substitute other flavorful spices.
- To reduce the sugar in baking, check online for sugar substitutions.
- Incorporate a new healthy appetizer or dessert into your meal. It may become a new family favorite.
- Meat, chicken, pork, fish = 3 ounces or the size of your palm or deck of cards
- Noodles, rice or oatmeal = 1/2 cup or a handful
- Dry cereal = 1 cup, about the size of your fist
- Fruit and vegetables = 1 cup, about the size of your fist
After the holidays, check out Healthy Habits for Adults, a series of one-hour classes offered by Oasis and community partners. Each class includes a healthy snack, recipe ideas, a nutrition lesson and low-impact exercise demonstrations.
Find out more at http://www.oasisnet.org/National-Programs/Health-Programs/Healthy-Habits-for-Adults.