During the holidays, yummy food and tasty treats are everywhere. It would be easy to let healthy eating habits slide, but holidays can still be healthy. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay on track with good eating habits:
Nibble on health snacks like whole grain crackers, fruit, or raw vegetables before the big feast, so you eat less. When you are at a party or having a holiday meal, look for the foods that are healthier, like veggies or fruits, and make sure to eat some of those foods also.
It takes your brain some time to signal you are full. Wait 10-15 minutes before eating seconds. This helps to keep you from overeating! It’s not rude to say no to food. Don’t be pressured to eat, if you aren’t hungry.
Eating holiday goodies like fudge, peanut brittle, cookies, and other baked goods is fine, but limit how many and eat them in smaller portions.
When cooking your holiday favorites look for low-fat recipes that substitute butter and oil with non-fat ingredients like applesauce or pumpkin.