The holiday season is rife with delicious dishes and treats—turkey, eggnog, hot chocolate and pies—seasonal temptations that threaten to disrupt healthy eating habits. Indulging a little is okay—who can refuse Grandpa’s secret fudge recipe? But there are ways to enjoy your favorite holiday foods and beverages without adding extra calories and pounds. At Home Care Assistance we have a few tips to make your holiday meals festive but also healthy:
- Spice it up. Use fresh herbs and spices instead of salt or butter to add flavor without adding sodium and calories.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth with sweet potatoes. Packed with fiber, vitamin B-6, potassium, and antioxidants, this seasonal favorite supports bone growth and a healthy immune system, and helps lower blood pressure.
- Try baked, poached or roasted fall fruits. Chock full of fiber, apples help prevent plaque buildup in the arteries. Add apple slices to your classic stuffing recipe for a healthy boost. Baked apple frittatas are delicious, healthy dessert options that don’t require added sugar.
- Go nuts. Unsalted, roasted nuts are great seasonal snacks to have around the house and can be added to many holiday dishes (stuffing, casserole). Limit yourself to a handful, as they are high in calories.
- Make your cookies healthier. Instead of using sugar or butter to add flavor try extracts like vanilla, almond and peppermint. Incorporate whole grains like oatmeal use dried fruit like cranberries in place of chocolate chips.
Share these suggestions with your friends and family for a healthy, happy holiday season. If you know of any healthy festive treats that we didn’t mention, please share them with us on our Facebook page!