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Fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean meats are on the menu all year long. But during the holidays, there are temptations around every corner. Here are a few to leave at the buffet:
Mixed Drinks. Cocktails are often high in calories, especially those that include cream or sugary syrups. Choose low-calorie or sugar-free mixers. Or, try sparkling water with cranberry juice for a refreshing change.
Filled Chocolates. Milk chocolates, especially those filled with creams or caramel, are full of fat and sugar. Savor a square of dark chocolate instead.
Stuffing. The amount of butter and high-fat sausage in many recipes means that one scoop may have as many calories as a cheeseburger. Skip the sausage, and use low-sodium chicken broth and butter-flavored cooking spray instead of butter. Wild rice dressing is a flavorful alternative.
Pecan Pie. The nuts may be good for you, but the corn syrup, butter and sugar cancel the benefits. Nibble on unsalted mixed nuts instead—or enjoy a small slice of pumpkin pie, which provides more nutrients.
You don't have to stick to a steady diet of carrots during this special season. Simply take a few slow bites of your favorite foods—and then push away from the table. Visit with family and friends. Take a walk around the neighborhood to see the lights. Or, share the holiday spirit by volunteering to serve meals at a soup kitchen or shelter.