The holiday season is here. Christmas and Thanksgiving season involves dinners with friends and relatives, office parties, family gatherings that surround you with candy canes, eggnog, and cookies. Thanksgiving is a time to revel in food and to be thankful for your loved ones. Have a healthy diet by calmly and slowly eating and mingling with the ones you love. You should be sensible about nutrition and healthy eating because calorie-rich foods can make you gain unhealthy weight. Usually, The average Thanksgiving dinner contains over 2,000 calories, which can seriously affect your health goals.
You can add healthy super foods to your Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners including turkey, cranberries, pumpkin, whole wheat dinner rolls, peas, sweet potato. These are crammed with good and healthy nutrition. Go for seasonal foods available at this time. Don’t eat everything just to enjoy yourself. Instead of white potato use sweet potato, instead of butter use coconut or avocado oil, instead of white sugar use honey, instead of noodles use zucchini or spaghetti squash, instead of white flour use buckwheat or almond flour and instead of cream use Greek yogurt.
Follow these healthy eating tips at Christmas and Thanksgiving season:
- Eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast every morning, including at least one vegetable, fruit and nuts or eggs for protein. It helps you to stave off hunger and prevent overeating of high-calorie snacks while waiting for dinner or lunch to be served.
- Prepare a nutritious dish for the festivities. Make vegetable or salad dish to assure at least one healthy item in your meal.
- Pack a healthy snack with you, in case you don’t find anything healthy to crunch on in between meals. Good handy snack may include nuts, orange or apple.
- Consume a small meal or healthy snack every 3 to 4 hours throughout the day. It helps to keep blood sugar levels stable in your body and is healthier than eating a single large meal.
- During your meal put healthy options on your plate first. Choose some vegetables and lean ham or turkey on your plate instead of heading straight for fat and calorie rich side dishes. When you are somewhat full, you can taste those high-calorie options.
- Before or in place of dessert you can have a cup of tea. Tea has a good amount of antioxidants that fill you up and makes you less likely to gorge on candy, pie and cake.
- Eat a wholesome breakfast and lunch to avoid overeating at dinner because we often eat more and faster when we are hungry.
- Most people are crazy about desserts. Rather than avoiding dessert, you can eat in moderation. Moderation is the key to keeping your calories under control.
The key to a healthy Christmas and Thanksgiving is about making mindful choices. Many people overstuff themselves during parties which is not a good habit. Stop eating when you are full. Go for small portions and don’t eat from huge serving platters or large plates. Be social because interactions with friends and family help to minimize cravings and enjoy your holidays.