Healthy Holiday Eating Habits

‘Tis the season for family, friends … and too much food. As much fun as holiday parties and family get-togethers can be, we tend to over-indulge during the holiday season. Kick this season — and your New Year’s resolutions — off right by making your holidays as happy and healthy as they can be.

Here are a few tips to keep things tasty and healthy.

  1. Skip the salt. Find new ways to accentuate your food and tantalize your taste buds by introducing new herbs that highlight flavors while keeping sodium low. Thyme, rosemary, basil, sage, and oregano are a few herbs that have a full flavor and can add a little something special to the Thanksgiving spread. Skipping salt will keep your meal heart healthy and reduce bloating.
  2. Steam instead of boil. Try creating those favorite vegetable dishes by steaming and drizzling them with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. This reduces saturated fats, increasing the nutrient content of the vegetables and tastes great.
  3. Forget the fat and remember to substitute. Skip the heavy creams, butters and other fat-laden dairy products in your recipes. Use fat-free milk and low-fat sour cream to mash your potatoes; replace the same in your green bean casseroles and other dishes. Go with white meat turkey, as dark meat has a higher fat content. Use applesauce in desserts when the recipe calls for oil.
  4. So long, sugar. Avoid making your yams a diabetic nightmare by skipping the marshmallows. Bake these tasty treats and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and pecans. Something already so delicious and healthy hardly needs a cover-up.

Aside from preparing your foods in a healthy tradition, make sure to push away from the table when you are done. Enjoy your food, chew it slowly, and savor the time with family. Your brain takes time to process that you are full, so wait awhile before you consider seconds. Avoid the after-dinner food coma by getting outside and moving. Organize a family football game or perhaps a game of hide-and-seek with the kids. This will help digestion while burning off some of those extra calories before you finally settle down for a long winter’s nap.

Denton Regional wishes you a wonderful and healthy holiday season!


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