FEATURE — The whirlwind of the holiday season is here. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas will be here before we know it. All the hustle and bustle can make it difficult to stay on top of your nutrition game.
The time is now to make a plan to beat the bulge. Here are five of my favorite tips to stay on top of your nutrition game this holiday season.
Maintain a regular eating schedule
If you start with a nutritious breakfast, you have set the tone for the day. Follow it up with a healthy lunch and dinner, with snacks in between to keep your blood sugar levels steady. This will help you avoid overeating later when you realize how hungry you are from skipping a meal.
Pick a nutrition goal to reach this holiday season. Maybe it will be to drink enough water or eat 3 cups of veggies each day or make it to the gym regularly. Whatever it is, find a way to monitor your goal so you know when you have reached it. Simply setting a nutrition or health goal – and monitoring your progress – brings it to the front of your mind and helps set the tone for a healthier lifestyle.
Eat what you love and leave what you like
It is probably unrealistic to say you won’t indulge in any holiday treats this season. Go ahead and let yourself enjoy your favorite treats a little here and there. Save your indulgences for things you really love and pass on the things that you just like.
Skip the punch and eat the cake
Have you ever stopped to think how many calories are in the punch or eggnog served at holiday parties? It is likely more than 100 calories per 1-cup serving. You might be surprised how fast calories add up from drinking alone. Choose to drink water and save those calories for the dessert.
Go to gatherings to gather, not to eat
Although food may be an important part of a holiday party and is something you can certainly enjoy, try to focus less on the food and more on socializing and making memories.
Take a few moments now to decide how you will make your holiday season more healthy. For more ideas and inspiration, check out these blog posts:
- MyPlate holiday makeover.
- Wonderful winter salads.
- Healthy holidays.
- Fruits and vegetables in winter.
If you are in need of a healthy treat this holiday season, try blueberry oat cookies.
This recipe calls for both oats and blueberries. Both are considered superfoods packed full of nutrition, so these cookies make a great healthy treat. Enjoy!
Written by CANDI MERRITT, Certified Nutrition Education Ambassador.
This article originally appeared Dec. 12, 2016, on the USU Extension Create Better Health blog.
Copyright © CreateBetterHealth.org, all rights reserved.