The Holidays are fast approaching, and we all know what this means: food. Food everywhere. And no matter how much you try, it's almost impossible to avoid it. Starting with leftover Halloween candy, followed by the 3-day-food-marathon that is Thanksgiving, then the never ending holiday office parties… It’s the time when you basically kiss all those New Year’s resolutions you made back in January (or what’s left of them anyway) goodbye… while you get ready to make new ones.
We have good news though. It doesn't have to be that way!
Here are 5 tips you can use to indulge responsibly this Holiday season, so you can have your cake and eat it too (literally!):
1.Start the day off right: have a healthy, nutritious breakfast the morning of your Holiday gathering, so you’re not starving and ready to devour everything in sight later in the day. Try this Vegan Breakfast Scramble , Tofu Vegan Sausage Sandwich or these Morning Glory Waffles!
2.Fill up on the good stuff: load up on the healthier (mostly veggie based) appetizer before dinner. Volunteer to bring a couple, like this Chickpea Spread, Caramelized Onion Dip, Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms, or these Cucumber Cups so you’ll know you’ll have healthy options to go for.
3.Portion control: sounds like a no brainer, right? Well, not so much. Most people are not aware of the amount of calories traditional Holiday dishes have. Eating a full portion of one, isn't so bad. But when you have 5,6,7 dishes on the table... plus 3 to 4 different desserts... THAT, puts you over the top. So, have a taste of everything, so you can feel happy and satisfied, but avoid full portions. A good strategy is to serve a little bit every thing in one plate, so there isn't room for big portions.
4.Walk away: no, not because the conversation at the dinner table is getting weird, or your family is driving you crazy (although that could be a good excuse too), but because it takes your brain a little while to realize your stomach is full. So, once you've cleaned up your plate, get up (go help with the dishes, turn on the game, or play with the kids) before you have a chance to go for seconds. If you've never paid attention before, try it. It works!
5.Avoid drinking your calories: a lot beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic) can be loaded with sugar, calories and even fat! Stick to one, then go for fruit juice or cider mixed with club soda, or flavored sparkling water