The holiday season is filled with friends, family, parties and potlucks, which can be a nightmare for anyone watching their waistline.
In social situations, it is easy to lose track of how much you’re eating. Other mammals need to pack on the pounds for their winter hibernation, but we humans don’t get that luxury. (Darn!)
Navigate the buffet table at your holiday events with these quick tips:
- Remember, moderation is everything! Be mindful of your portions and limit your trips back through the buffet line. Watch out for common culprits like nut mix, cheese plates, bite-sized sweets, and deli meat, which are easy to underestimate.
- Switching what you eat with dips can save you tons of empty calories. Choose vegetables or pita (warmed or toasted) over chips.
- Replace ranch and veggie dips with Sabra’s Greek Yogurt Dips. My favorite is the cucumber dill! In a 2 tablespoon serving, you’ll save ~100 calories and 13 grams of fat. Hummus is also a great option for any veggie appetizer.
- At our Thanksgiving potluck, we joked that our plates were filled with tan food items: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy. This holiday season, why not add some color?
And if it’s on you to host or to bring food, help your fellow non-hibernators make good choices.
Here are some healthy options for your upcoming party or potluck:
Tomato-Basil skewers – Use red, yellow and orange cherry tomatoes to make this a colorful appetizer option.
Avocado-Feta Dip – Serve with toasted pita and sliced vegetables.
Healthy spin on Deviled Eggs – Cut the calories and fat in half with this twist on a classic.
Southwest Turkey Meatballs with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce – Every potluck needs some protein!
Pasta salad (courtesy of Brooke Olsen): Dreamfields Pasta offers several pastas with low carbohydrates and a little extra fiber. Cook and chill rotini or penne pasta and mix with green onions, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, celery and parmesan cheese. If this is a main dish, add a lean protein like chicken or turkey.
Enjoy yourself this season! Indulge (just a little!) and reflect on 2014. A new year is just around the corner!
Alison is a lover of sports and wellness. She recently decided to take her passion for wellness to the next level by going back to school to become a registered dietitian. Alison hopes to eventually work with kid in patient care. Alison’s hobbies include rooting on our Cincinnati sports teams, yoga, pole fitness, and mud runs. Her biggest passion is helping others and empowering those around her to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Got a question for Alison? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org. She’d love to hear from you!