As we step into the magical holiday season, our senses are delighted with the sight of twinkling lights, the sound of cheerful carols, and, of course, the enticing aroma of festive meals. It's a time for indulgence, for treating ourselves to the rich, comforting foods that define this time of year.
But amidst the flurry of feasting, it's also important to keep our health in mind. Now, don't worry! We're not suggesting you skip your grandma's famous pumpkin pie or say no to a glass of holiday cheer. Instead, we're here to share five simple ways you can balance indulgence with nutrition, ensuring you enjoy the holiday season while keeping your health on track.
1. Embrace Portion Control
Did you know that the average holiday dinner alone can be 3,000 calories1? That's more than the entire daily recommended intake for most adults! But you can still enjoy your holiday favorites without overdoing it. The key is portion control. Use smaller plates and bowls, and aim to fill half your plate with vegetables. Remember, there's no rush - you can always go back for seconds if you're genuinely still hungry.
2. Discover Healthier Alternatives
The holidays present a grand stage to let your culinary creativity shine. Why not seize this chance to infuse healthier twists into your traditional festive menu? For example, you could integrate Hungry Squirrels' sauces and dressings into your holiday dishes! They're low-calorie, no-sugar-added, and low-carb, making them an excellent choice for those managing diabetes or following a keto diet. Plus, they're kosher certified, catering to a broad range of dietary preferences.
3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
With all the excitement and busyness of the holiday season, it's easy to forget to drink enough water. But staying hydrated is crucial for overall health and can even help control your appetite. Aim for at least eight glasses of water a day, and remember that non-alcoholic beverages like herbal tea count towards your daily intake too.
4. Don't Skip Meals
You might be tempted to skip breakfast or lunch to "save room" for a big holiday dinner. However, this can lead to overeating as you're likely to be ravenous by dinnertime. Instead, aim for regular, balanced meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism active and prevent excessive hunger.
5. Stay Active
The holiday season might be busy, but try to make time for some physical activity. A brisk walk after dinner, a fun snowball fight with the kids, or a morning yoga session can help balance out the extra calories consumed during festive celebrations. Plus, it's a great stress-buster!
Remember, the holiday season is about enjoyment and relaxation. It's not about depriving yourself of your favorite holiday treats, but about making mindful choices. We hope you'll find a balance that allows you to savor the holiday season while also nourishing your body in the best way possible.
1."The Battle of the Bulge." Calorie Control Council, caloriecontrol.org/thanksgiving-the-battle-of-the-bulge/. Accessed 20 Nov. 2023.