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On average, Americans gain about one pound each holiday season. That might not sound like a lot, but studies show this pound generally is never lost - and a pound a year can add up over time.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to fall by the wayside during the holidays. Food swaps and the following tips will make it almost effortless.
If you’re headed to a party with a dish to share, make it healthy. How about a fresh salad, veggie dish or fruit infused tea or water? During the celebration, distance yourself from tempting foods. Are appetizers your kryptonite? Pick one that’s low in fat like veggies and hummus or even stuffed red potatoes. If you just can’t say no to dessert, you may want to bring this healthier version of pumpkin pie.
It’s absolutely OK to occasionally indulge, but keep in mind moderation and mindfulness. Scan the choices before you start, be selective and choose a smaller plate or glass to keep portion control in check.
Consider these healthier food swaps this holiday season:
More holiday recipe inspiration can be found here.
Don’t let exercise take a backseat during the holiday season. Take a stroll to the mailbox instead of driving or add an extra lap when you’re out for a walk with your pup. Simple additions to your day can help in the long run.
It’s recommended that people drink about one-half to two-thirds of their body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water each day. For example, a 180-pound person needs approximately 90 to 120 ounces of water each day.
If you’re not a fan of plain water, consider adding an apple, red pear and cinnamon stick to a pitcher and sip on it throughout your day or the party.