How to Trick Yourself Into Eating Healthy This Christmas
Sure, chocolates, eggnog and gravy tempt us all. Try these great-tasting alternatives instead.
It's the season of holiday parties and expanding waistlines. We're not saying you shouldn't indulge -- it's CHRISTMAS after all -- but if you find yourself at multiple dinner parties this December, keep these tricks in mind to avoid the high-cal culprits.
Culprit 1: Chocolates
Stick to antioxidant-rich dark chocolates (but only one or two!). You can also indulge your sweet-tooth with long-lasting lollipops. Nuts and popcorn, the low-sodium kind, are also great to munch on if you just want that oral sensation.
Culprit 2: Ham
Holiday hams are chock full of sodium and fat. If the options are there, pick seafood or turkey instead (bonus points if you remove the skin).
Culprit 3: Gravy
The primary ingredients in high-fat gravy say it all: meat drippings, butter, flour. Instead, try dolloping seasoned yogurt, jellies (cranberry or mint), or creamed soups on your meats.
Culprit 4: Carbs
With most carby foods like pasta or rice, it's actually all about the sauce. Substitute spaghetti with zucchini noodles (just run the veg through a peeler). For rice, stick with heart-healthy brown rice or the wild variety versus bleached white rice. If you love buns or tortilla, wrap up the goodies with lettuce wrap. - And, lastly, instead of potatoes, go for yams or sweet potato.
Culprit 5: Desserts
You guessed it, go for the fruit plate. Sounds boring but some fruits -- the organic, locally farmed type -- actually taste better during winter because that's when they naturally grow. That's kiwis, grapefruit, mandarins, oranges, pears and persimmons. But if you must fulfill your pie-fixing, go with meringues 'cause it not only looks filling, it's mostly whipped air.
Culprit 6: Eggnog
One cup of eggnog has a whopping 223 calories...that's not even counting the rum! Apple cider or chocolate milk is a good non-alcoholic alternative. If you want a holiday buzz, slowly sip champagne, red wine, or coffee with a hint of Baileys.
What healthy holiday eating tips or tricks do you have?