During the holiday season, from Thanksgiving to New Year's, the average American is tempted with high fat high calorie treats almost continually. Many gain several pounds from November thru January. This holiday season, commit yourself to eat healthy and prioritize getting some physical activity. Choose more low fat, high fiber, whole grain foods to avoid the weight gain. Here are some other ideas….
- Be wise about portion size. Put small quantities of the higher calorie foods that are appealing to you on your plate, and then select larger portions of the lower calorie choices from the fruit and vegetable groups.
- Avoid high-fat appetizers. Instead of offering high-fat cheeses for a pre-meal appetizer, serve raw vegetables with a tasty low calorie dip, fresh fruit or low fat pretzels.
- Eat your veggies. Vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Try substituting chopped vegetables for some of the bread in your favorite stuffing recipe.
- Lower the fat! Control the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in your favorite holiday recipes by substituting low-saturated-fat ingredients for those ingredients that are higher in saturated fat. Use skim milk rather than cream when preparing mashed potatoes. To keep stuffing moist, try substituting fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth for butter and/or other fats.
- Two egg whites can substitute for one egg yolk. 7/8 cup of oil substitutes for 1 cup of butter.
- Use whole grain flour instead of white flour products in your holiday baking.
- Choose items that contain vitamins and minerals with whole grains, fruits and vegetables such as fruit pies, fruit tarts, blueberry or cranberry muffins, oatmeal raisin cookies, banana bread or carrot cake with raisins.
- This holiday season focus on health. Check out the USDA website.