- Realize that you might eat more than
usual so make regular meals and snack as healthy as possible.
Eating on the run can be a calorie buster. Make sure your
snacks are as healthy and low calorie as possible.
- Plan in daily physical activity to
balance the extra holiday food - 30 minutes of walking, aerobic
exercise, hiking, tennis or other fun activity can head off
the extra pounds
- Watch serving sizes. If you can't
pass up the dessert, split a serving with a friend. Actually
measure a half cup serving and a fourth cup serving on a small
plate so you remember how big a serving really is
- Drink lots of water instead of sweet
or high calorie drinks. Add a lemon slice if you need a little
Holiday Meals and Parties
- Plan your parties with low calorie options
like raw vegetables, low calorie drinks,
- Remember alcohol is high in calories
that can add up fast. Holiday alcohol punches are particularly
high in calories
- Try raw almonds instead oily roasted
- Limit calorie packed foods like cheese,
luncheon meats, fried or deep fried foods, chips, pastries,
- Serve cooked vegetables without butter
or heavy, high calorie cream sauces, try herbs and spices instead.
- Drink fruit juice instead of soda or
coffee in the car. You can keep 8- to 12-ounce cans or bottles
in your refrigerator, chilled and ready to go! Or you can buy
them at gas stations and fast food chains. Bring with you fruits
and vegetables that are in the can or can be eaten by hand.
Try these convenience foods - apricots, grapes, apples, nectarines,
bananas,orange segments, broccoli, pears, carrots, plums, celery
stalks, strawberries, cherries.
- Take advantage of easy options such
as precut, cleaned, and packaged fresh fruit and vegetables.
Frozen, diced, or canned fruits and vegetables are also easy
to use .
- Buy non-fat vanilla yogurt, fruit juice,
and fresh, canned, or frozen fruit to blend a quick smoothie
in the morning. Drink it at home - or pour it into an insulated
cup to keep it cold and take it with you.
- Buy pre-cut vegetables (packaged or
from the salad bar) for brown bag lunches and try dipping in
low-fat salad dressing.
- Buy frozen bags of berries, peaches,
or melon balls and use as needed.