Tis the season for holiday gatherings! This month begins the start of many different holidays; all of which can bring the need for parties and food. The biggest question we always ask, “How do you stay healthy through the holidays?” Here are a few tips you can remember when celebrating this season.
Tip 1: Bring a dish you enjoy!
The hardest part in holiday gatherings is trying to find a food or dish which can be part of your healthy holiday. If you are going to a party which you can bring a dish, bring something which is part of your healthy meal plan. Some of our favorites include:
Tip 2: Be smart with your beverages
Every holiday party has a punch, cocktail, or sweetened beverage. Our tip is not to drink your calories during a gathering. Not only do many of these beverages have lots of added sugar but are high in calories. Save your calories and added sugar and choose either water, sparkling water or unsweetened tea.
Tip 3: Don’t starve yourself throughout the day.
As much as we would like to save all our calories for a holiday party; not eating regular meals throughout the day can lead to overeating. Instead eat regular meals during the day and make those meals count. Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and a good source of protein to help keep you satisfied.
Looking for more tips on making healthier holiday choices? Visit choosemyplate.gov for more tips on nutrition during the holiday season.