6 tips for healthy Christmas eating
Santa isn’t the only one to indulge over Christmas – registered dietician Carrie Regan suggests that on average, people gain around one to five pounds over the holiday season. On Christmas Day alone, consumers could eat about 6,000 calories – about three times more the daily average.
Below are some quick easy tips to help the temptations over the Christmas period:
Don’t skip breakfast:
starting the day off with a healthy meal and sticking to three balanced meals per day are key to not overindulging.
For instance, if you’re eating turkey, go for the white meat and skip the skin that adds extra fat and calories.
Watch out for the holiday sabotages:
A cup of eggnog has 350 calories and 19 grams of fat without the rum! If you’re going to have some, limit yourself to a taste to enjoy without feeling like you are depriving yourself.
After having your meal, stay away from the buffet table so you avoid mindless grazing.
Don’t socialize near the food:
When you aren’t out for dinner or at a friend’s house, make sure your own fridge is stocked with fresh fruit, vegetables, lean proteins and healthy snacks. If you’re heading to a potluck, you gain some control by bringing a nutritious dish to eat.
Stock your home with healthy ingredients:
The sugary sweet cocktails are packed with calories. And if you’re ordering a latte, go for skim milk and skip the whipped cream. At dinner, go for a wine spritzer and make sure you’re using club soda instead of tonic water in your drink, as there are no calories in club soda.
Watch what you drink: