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Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

It's difficult to stick to a healthy diet during the holidays with all the parties and gatherings. Here are a few tips to keep you from overindulging:

  • Before you go to a holiday party or social gathering, eat a nutritious snack. Healthy choices include fruit or crackers. That way, you won't arrive hungry.

  • Spend more time socializing with family and friends. Talk with each other away from the food table to avoid nibbling.

  • Make healthy substitutions in your holiday baking. For example, add less salt than the recipe calls for, or use egg whites instead of whole eggs.

  • While choosing from party buffets, keep the food pyramid in mind. Help yourself to low-fat, low-calorie holiday favorites from the bottom of the food pyramid, including whole-grain breads, pastas, fruits, and vegetables. Enjoy goodies from the top of the pyramid—such as eggnog, dips, and candied sweets—in moderation.

  • Instead of toasting with alcohol, celebrate with a tasty alternative such as flavored water, hot apple cider, or fruit juice.

  • When you entertain, serve your guests low-fat, low-calorie foods such as roast turkey, cranberries, and whole-grain rolls.

  • Get regular physical exercise to maintain your pre-holiday weight. For example, make it a daily habit to take a long winter's walk.

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