Holiday Survival Tips
11/2/2012 1:40 PM
Thanksgiving is approaching, and before we know it Christmas will be here. Along with the festivities come many opportunities to indulge in great food. Keep these tips in mind as you make your way through the holidays and remember: enjoy everything in moderation.
- Use lower sugar, fat and salt when making holiday treats
- If you love to bake during the holidays, use craft dough to make ornaments, wreath decorations, gifts or table pieces instead of edible snacks.
- Substitute healthy alternatives when cooking "goodies" and main dishes:
- Skim milk for whole or butter milk
- Apple sauce, pineapple, apple, or orange juice for oils
- Honey for oils or other additives
- Raisins or other fruit slices for nuts in cakes and cookies
- Low-fat or fat-free dressings for regular dressings and dips
- Use plain Dannon yogurt with salad crystals for dips
- Use egg beaters or egg whites for eggs
- Bake, broil or steam foods instead of frying or sautéing.
- Food gifts you receive can be used for holiday parties, shared with friends, brought to work or given to others as gifts.
- When going to a social event, drink at least one large glass of water and have a healthy snack before you leave home. This will curb your appetite and reduce snacking on fatty foods.
- At the parties:
- Snack on vegetable sticks and healthy choices first, so there's little room for junk food.
- Hold a glass of water in your hand to reduce fidgeting and needless eating.
- Eat slowly to enjoy the food, take up time, and fill you up faster.
- Remember, the more you're eating the more likely you'll get asked a question when your mouth is full.
- Socialize in a room where the food is not served, and certainly don't stand next to the food table.
- Make the main purpose of the party to enjoy the company, the socializing and the atmosphere
- At dinner parties, avoid fattening appetizers. (A good excuse is that you're saving room for the delicious dinner).
- At the table, eat most of your salad if you know the entree is fattening.
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