Healthy Holiday Eating
Once again, the holiday season is upon us! Parties, big meals, family gatherings and all the leftovers will tempt even the strongest resolve. How will you circumnavigate the sea of empty calories and still enjoy the festivities?
"Like anything else important, maintaining a healthy lifestyle through the holidays involves planning," says Ann Caldwell, AAMC dietitian. "Walk up hungry to a table full of hors d'oeuvres and you'll be sucked right under if you haven't thought ahead. Ask yourself how you can make this holiday season your healthiest ever," she said. "It doesn't mean you have to deny yourself the holiday treats. Many of the family favorites are more than food; they are tradition. I wouldn't think about changing my grandmother's pumpkin pie recipe, but I would think about cutting the pie into 12 slices rather than 8. Planning for the holidays means you have to make some choices and try to balance those choices with activities," she said.
Here are a few tips from Ann:
Test Yourself! Holiday Food Match
See if you can match these typical holiday foods with the correct nutrient and calorie profile below.answers
Dare to Compare
It's easier than it seems to cut calories. Compare a high fat, high calorie holiday meal with one very similar and see how many calories you can save.
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