The holiday season is upon us; the Halloween candy was just the beginning. In just a few days, turkeys, hams, dinner rolls, casseroles, and pies will be here to tempt you. After that will be holiday parties, the holidays themselves, and New Year’s. It is no wonder the average American gains a pound during the holiday season , and if you are
1.Eat a healthy meal or hearty snack before going to any party. Going to a party hungry makes saying no to high calorie snacks and treats even more difficult.
2.“Spend” your calories on foods that are worth it. Bypass the
3.When baking, substitute Greek yogurt or applesauce for butter and oil. This works best in breads like banana bread or muffins.
4.Forgive yourself when you slip up and tell yourself that you are going to eat healthy the next day. If you forgive yourself of your mistakes, you will be less likely to give up on yourself and give in to temptation .
5.If you are hosting, do your best to limit processed foods and look for healthier ways to serve your holiday staples. Instead of the infamous green bean casserole, sauté fresh green beans in olive oil with garlic and shallots. The dish showcases the green bean and eliminates all the mystery ingredients involved in cream of mushroom soup and fun Yuns.
This holiday season may also present a unique challenge to many hosts and hostesses in the form of
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