This time of year is stress-inducing by gaining a few pounds because it’s the holiday eating season. Every party attended from now until the end of the year will have calorie-laden appetizers, entrees, and desserts. When it comes to trying to stay balanced and maintain your weight over the holiday season, be realistic.
Start by planning a time to exercise. Exercise reduces holiday stress through the endorphins your body produces and will help maintain your current weight. Start simple, such as walking briskly in the morning and evening for 15-20 minutes.
Enough to get your heart rate up and your metabolism up! Another great tip is not to skip meals before going to a party. Also, eat until you are full and not stuffed like a turkey. Having a small snack before heading off to a holiday party helps avoid the temptation to over-indulge. If it’s a pot-luck style party, bring healthy dishes, chances are, everyone will appreciate it!
Here are some ways to practice healthy holiday cooking:
- When making the gravy, chill the gravy to solidify the fat. Once hardened you can remove the fat and this can save you 56 mg of fat per cup!!
- Stuffing can be a heavy calorie buster when prepared with lots of bread. Try using less bread and more onions, garlic, celery and greens!
- Did you know that roasted turkey breast without skin saves 11 g of saturated fat per 3 ounce serving!?!
- Leave all the milk in the store. When making mashed potatoes use skim or fat free milk!
With these SOBikini holiday season healthy tips, enjoy the holiday season guilt-free. Plan time to get active, try some new healthy holiday recipes and indulge in holiday favorites instead of gobbling up the whole dish!
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