The Holiday Season is approaching and with that the feeling you gave up your New Year’s resolution of eating healthy long ago. So you might as well overeat and be merry and set your calendar to Jan 1st 2016 to start another diet, right? Not necessarily! Why not start a new eating and lifestyle regimen today?! Make it an early bird resolution!
Read below 5 survival tips for this Holiday season.
1. Before any Holiday shopping spree or gathering: EAT – Egg, Apple, Thirst quencher. EAT before you leave the house to shop or to party.
- Egg as a good source of protein will make you satiated for longer therefore you’ll not be tempted to overeat on a basket of rolls in the restaurant, gobble up hors d’ouvres at the office party or buy more food at the market than you really need. A hard-boiled organic egg makes a great snack that is easy to carry!
- Apple a good source of complex carbohydrates and fiber will also make you satiated for longer preventing you from overeating. It is high in water content and can keep you hydrated. It is also easy to carry!
- Thirst quencher: drink water, an unsweetened iced/hot tea, kombucha or sparkling water. They are low in calories and will keep you hydrated. A lot of times we eat thinking that we are hungry but it reality we are thirsty!
2. Stock Up with Healthy Nutritious Food. Decrease your sugar intake. The key to healthy eating is to have nutritious foods handy. We’re all going to eat when hunger strikes so have healthy foods around you in order to make healthier choices.
- Have dried fruits, nuts and seeds handy for great nutritious snacks or bowls.
- Raw or dry-roasted almonds, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds add important minerals like zinc and magnesium. The last one being important for strong, healthy teeth!
- Apples, pears, and pomegranates can make a dramatic Holiday centerpiece.
3. Take Advantage of Seasonal Produce. The latter fruits and vegetables are picked the more vitamins and minerals they will provide.
- Add more seasonal vegetables as side dishes for this Holiday season. Pumpkin is a Holiday favorite! Butternut squash and Brussels sprouts are good choices too.
4. Add Variety to your Holiday Menu
- Try out different recipes. Choose seasonal produce and experiment with new grains such as quinoa, faro and buckwheat. For recipes email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Enjoy Healthy Beverages. What you drink also counts!
- Keep water and iced or hot tea handy. Avoid packing on the calories by drinking heavy creamy, sugar-caffeine loaded beverages.
- Drinking water can help stave off cravings if they grab you at the wrong moment.
- A dash of fruit juice turns plain seltzer into a refreshing spritzer.
- Warm no sugar added apple cider brewed with cinnamon sticks is a cold-weather favorite.
Anamaria Pontes, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Nutritionist. She is available for private consultation. To receive guidance with your early New Year’s resolution and to schedule a session, please contact at 917.215.5439 or email: email@example.com