Healthy holiday eating tips

From Riverwood Dietitians, Megan Perpich, LD/RD, & Melissa Simons, LD/RD

The holiday season in December poses many challenges and temptations when it comes to healthy eating. Here are a few tips that can help you make healthy choices and avoid gaining too many extra pounds.

Tip #1: Do not skip meals and avoid going to holiday events hungry. By not skipping meals, this will help prevent overeating due to feeling extra hungry. Before heading out to a party, munch on your favorite fruit or vegetable or have a low-fat yogurt. This will help limit cravings.

Tip #2: Focus on portion control. Don’t fill your plate to the absolute maximum. You may find it easier to eat smaller portions by using a smaller plate. At buffets, be picky with the foods that you are eating. Avoid the foods that you don’t really care for and/or foods that you have frequently throughout the year.

Tip #3: Watch your beverage consumption. Hot chocolate, eggnog, soda and alcoholic beverages are commonly associated with the holidays. Liquid calories are easily forgotten calories and can add up quickly. Eggnog has an average of 340 calories and 19 grams fat per 1 cup serving.  It’s ok to enjoy your favorite holiday drink but enjoy smaller portions. Then switch to water.

Enjoy your favorite foods and beverages in moderation and have a wonderful holiday season!