Healthy Holiday Recipes!
Need some quick and healthy holiday dinner recipes? These are simple, nutritious and guaranteed to please your guests!
The holidays are here and it's time to celebrate with family, friends and food! While it's hard to avoid the occasional overindulgence, you can still enjoy the season's festivities while staying focused on your health. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy this holiday season.
You may not be able to choose the menu, but you CAN choose your portions!
You can save 250 calories or more at holiday meals by choosing smaller portion sizes alone! An extra 250 calories a day translates into one pound of weight gain every two weeks. Those extra calories can often cause some to gain an extra 4-5 pounds during the holiday season. So when you have little control over the menu, focus on choosing smaller portion sizes!
Choose only healthy appetizers
Many times trays of cheese, dips and cookies are placed out before the holiday meal, and these calories add up fast. You may find you fill up before the main meal has started, and saying "no" to your mother's famous holiday main course meal may be tricky! Rather than filling up before the meal, only choose fresh fruit and vegetables as your appetizer.
Make family time "fitness time"
The typical Southern family holiday is centered around the table before, during and after the meal! Change it up by encouraging your family to take post-meal family time outdoors for a walk or a family game of softball. Family time can be fitness time, too!
Have your cake and icing too... just have a little
Be realistic about your diet during the holidays. Enjoy a piece of your favorite cake or pie, but limit yourself. Heavy desserts will likely always be a part of the holiday tradition, so enjoy! But, avoid overindulging in high calorie, high fat holiday desserts.
Plate it all at once to avoid the "holiday graze"
You've heard the saying, "we eat with our eyes." It takes time for our body to recognize when we are full. Our eyes can determine when we've had enough long before our brain. Use this strategy by plating all of your food at once, meaning your salad, meal and dessert. By doing this, your eyes can help your brain recognize when you are full long before you overeat. Try it!
Don't get trapped in the temptation of variety
Holiday food is exciting with the large variety, but sampling everything may be just the cause of those extra calories. Rather than trying a small sample of everything, limit yourself to your favorite foods.
At Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, we wish you and yours a healthy and happy holiday season!