Easy strategies for keeping holiday feasting fun and healthy
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.