Eat, Drink and Be Healthy! Holiday Party Strategies
Tis the season for favorite holiday foods and treats as well as the added calories that often accompany them. But fear not! You can still eat, drink and be healthy with these holiday party strategies.
Trim ahead. Enjoy holiday parties without gaining extra pounds by trimming calories a few days before and after the event. Eat smaller-size snacks and put one-third less food on your plate at meals. Enjoy fruit for dessert and squeeze in some extra walking during the day.
Dont arrive on empty. Skipping meals all day to cut calories before a big holiday party backfires if you arrive ravenous and lose control. Take the edge off your hunger by having a light snack before you leave home. A cheese stick and an apple, a small bowl of cereal or half a peanut butter or turkey sandwich will do.
Mind your munchies. When youre chatting with other guests, its easy to overdo nearby nibbles like chips, hors doeurves and sweets. Steer clear of extra calories by moving your party conversations away from the food table.
Prioritize your plate. Save your calories for special foods such as Grandmas pie or your neighbors famous crab dip. If theres a buffet, survey the choices before you start filling your plate. That way, youll know whats coming up so you can choose small portions of your favorites and bypass the rest.
Slim down servings. Dont deny yourself favorite foodsjust enjoy them in smaller portions. If that mouthwatering mile-high chocolate torte is calling your name, take a slender slice and savor every bite.
Bring your own. Offer to bring a dish and keep it light and delicious. Some options are a colorful fruit or veggie platter, shrimp cocktail, a lightened up? dip made with reduced-fat mayonnaise or sour cream, or a festive green salad tossed with dried cranberries, apple chunks, toasted walnuts and light vinaigrette dressing.
Think about drinks. To save calories, opt for calorie-free drinks like sparkling water with a twist of lime or a diet soft drink. If you like eggnog, try the reduced-fat version, but remember, it still contains caloriesabout 120 per 1/2-cup serving.
Move it. Dont just stand around at partiesburn calories by showing off your best dance moves. Plan a family walk after a big holiday meal.