Have Yourself a Slimmer Little Christmas
Don't be caught with your hand in the cookie jar this holiday season. It's easy to be tempted to overeat because your favorite foods come around once a year. But by making wise food choices, you can avoid overloading on calories.
Indulging during the holidays leaves a lasting impression on more than just your taste buds. A study conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development showed that 75% of weight gain throughout the year occurred during the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. And that's weight that tends to stick around. Americans tend to gain around one pound during the holidays each year – and not lose it in the following year.
So before you settle in for a little too much holiday cheer, check out these healthy alternatives:
- Instead of baked brie (250 calories per serving), choose toasted pumpkin seeds (16 calories per serving). You save more than 230 calories per serving while getting a healthy dose of bone-building magnesium.
- Ditch the beef barley soup (400 calories per serving) in favor of Italian minestrone soup (200 calories per serving). This slashes 200 calories per serving while delivering lean protein and veggies.
|Caesar salad without chicken
||Spinach salad with apples, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette
||Baked rosemary chicken
|Mashed potatoes and gravy
||Baked sweet potatoes
|Green bean casserole
||Sauteed green beans
||Grilled winter vegetables
||Winter fruit salad
||Angel food cake
Eating goes hand-in-hand with holiday celebrations. With some pre-planning, you can keep your weight-loss goals on-track while enjoying some of your favorite tastes of the holiday season.