Who doesn’t have a love/hate relationship with the holidays?
I love the feeling of a cozy fire and a warm mug of hot cocoa, but I hate the feeling of moving my belt over another notch after all those extra holiday helpings. Why is it we forget everything we know about eating healthy as soon as the leaves turn?
Cooking and eating healthy doesn’t have to be a challenge. With a little creativity, almost every holiday favorite can be modified without sacrificing taste.
Try some of these “waist-saving” tips:
- Use low-fat dairy products instead of the full-fat versions. You’ll save almost 100 calories per swerving by swapping skim milk for whole in a recipe.
- Dress up steamed veggies with lemon and a drizzle of olive oil – save the gravy and sauces for the turkey!
- No holiday is complete without eggnog . Try slimming down this treat by using egg substitute instead of whole eggs. You’ll save 5 grams of fat per glass and never know the difference.
- Can’t avoid the crackers and dip? Try low-fat dips and use whole grain crackers or pita chips for dipping. The added fiber will make you feel full longer and help control those “appetizer binges.”
- For an extra crispy turkey without the guilt, baste with low sodium broth, wine or fruit juice. Roast the turkey on a rack so extra fat drips into the pan.
- Don’t skip the stuffing – Just use whole grain bread, dried cranberries and nuts to give this holiday must-have a fiber and vitamin boost.
- When making cookies, use smaller cookie cutters or cut bars into smaller pieces – your guests won’t even notice!
- Skip the heavy frosting on cakes and cookies – instead sprinkle them with powdered sugar, cinnamon or cocoa.
- If all else fails and you overindulge, take a walk after dinner, play touch football with the kids, or volunteer to wash all the dishes.
Your commitment to good health should be a “year-round resolution.”
Contributed by: Heather Campanile, RD