The holiday meal is typically one of the biggest of the year filled with foods like pies, crescent rolls, creamed corn, and much more. No matter how health-conscious we might be throughout the year, the holidays tend to be a day centered around food. While enjoying a day like this every now and then isn’t a bad thing, we want to avoid making holiday choices that stretch all the way through New Year’s Day!
Here are a few tips to make your holiday meal a balanced one:
- Eat breakfast – It sounds simple, but eating a healthy breakfast is a great way to start your holiday because you won’t be starving when it comes to mealtime! “Saving up” for the big meal usually means a lot more calories!
- Be active – Help offset the inevitable extra calories with a good workout to start your day and then plan a family walk or game of flag football after the big meal.
- Healthy swaps – Find healthy modifications to use in your recipes. Lower in fat or sugar doesn’t have to mean less flavor!
- The un-casserole – That green bean casserole is delicious, but so are sautéed green beans with a little olive oil and garlic. Throw in some sliced almonds for a nutritious side!
- Portion control – Don’t waste your calories on foods you can enjoy all year long. Instead, sample the unique flavors of the season in small portions.
- Savor your meal – It takes a long time to prepare a holiday meal, so make sure to take the time to enjoy it. Rather than excessive indulgence this time, eat slowly and leave the table feeling comfortable.
Whatever steps you take to make your holiday balanced, remember what the season is ultimately about: family, friends and thankfulness. Take time to focus more on those things and let the feast be an added bonus!
This post was originally published on the OrganWise Guys blog, a Together Counts™ partner. The OrganWise Guys Inc. began in 1993 with a vision to inspire individuals to take charge of their health by assuming personal responsibility for their choices. By bringing the body to life via lovable organ characters, kids of all ages learn what it really means to be smart from the inside out. Wanna learn more about The OrganWise Guys beginnings? Check out these videos: Meet The OrganWise Guys! & How OWG Began.
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