‘Tis the season for high calorie desserts and overeating, but there are ways you can keep on track. Read about a few easy food swaps to stay healthy this holiday.
Between Christmas cookies, sugary cocktails and decadent casseroles, getting off track during the holidays is all too easy. Read expert tips from Carey Peters and Stacey Morgenstern, founders of the Health Coach Institute, right here.
Here are some of the best foods you can eat this holiday season:
“Pumpkin Seeds – Healthier than the mixed nuts, seeds pack a punch with protein, zinc and antioxidants.
Baked Apples – Sprinkled with cinnamon and roasted, these delicious and seasonal treats are a great replacement for the sugar-laden holiday cookies and pies!
Holiday “mocktail” – Kick alcohol to the curb (if only for a few nights) and replace with this seasonally appropriate holiday mocktail. Soda water and a splash of pomegranate or cranberry juice with a sprig of mint is refreshing and had a festive hue to get you in the spirit!
Roasted Root Vegetables – Ditch the mashed potatoes and kick stuffing to the curb. Instead, replace with simply roasted root vegetables that are high in antioxidants and other nutrients. Butternut squash, carrots, and even parsnips are delicious when tossed with a little extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.”
Best & Worst Foods To Eat On Christmas — Expert Tips
Here are some foods you may want to skip (or at the very least minimize the portions):
“Eggnog – A Holiday staple, eggnog is seriously delicious. But it comes with a hefty amount of calories and saturated fat — around 280 calories and 9 grams of fat, to be more precise.
Dark Meat Turkey with Skin — Basted, often butter-covered, skin on a turkey can taste pretty good, but when it’s covering the already higher in calories dark-meat turkey it can be a less than healthy choice. Try to stick to skinless white meat portions, or at the very least take off the skin, which cuts the calorie count significantly.”
“Fried Foods — This is a no brainer. Avoid anything on the table that has been deep fried. Chicken fingers, coconut shrimp, and other foods that have been dredged in breading and cooked in oil are never going to be good for your heart, body or waistline. If you’re after a little crunch, seek out options that are lightly coated in gluten free breadcrumbs and baked instead.
Meat Plate — Processed meats have been getting a lot of buzz lately due to their unhealthy and potentially cancer-causing characteristics, add to that the fact that these snacks are often high in salt and fat, and you’ll find more than one reason to stay away!”
Do you try to stay healthy over the holidays or do you eat whatever you want?