5 ways to Eat Smart during the holidays

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The holidays can be a tricky time when it comes to healthy eating. We usually find ourselves at multiple holiday parties serving plenty of delicious foods, so it’s no wonder that we fear putting on weight this time of year. Here are a few quick tips to help you Eat Smart during the holidays.

Enjoy every bite.

One of the reasons we overeat during the holidays is because many of these tasty foods only come around once a year. So, to combat overeating, focus on savoring every bite and really enjoy everything you eat. Take in the smell, taste, and texture
of each bite and avoid multitasking while eating.

Smaller plate = smaller portions.

One of the reasons we overeat during the holidays is because many of these tasty foods only come around once a year. So, to combat overeating, focus on savoring every bite and really enjoy everything you eat. Take in the smell, taste, and texture of each bite and avoid multitasking while eating.

Don’t arrive hungry.

Some people like to fast in preparation for big holiday feasts, but this strategy sets you up for failure. When you’re famished, you’re far less likely to be selective with your food choices, causing you to overindulge. Instead, focus on eating a balanced breakfast and lunch as well as a few healthy snacks throughout the day to avoid overdoing it at the party.

Scope then scoop.

We all have our famous Holiday dish that is full of flavor and unfortunately calories. Try to keep your taste buds and stomach happy by replacing some unhealthy ingredients with healthier alternatives. Simply using wheat instead of white flour, extracts instead of sugars, and dried fruits instead of candies can help you make a guilt free holiday favorite.

Make Your Holiday Traditions Healthy.

We all have our famous Holiday dish that is full of flavor and unfortunately calories. Try to keep your taste buds and stomach happy by replacing some unhealthy ingredients with healthier alternatives. Simply using wheat instead of white flour, extracts instead of sugars, and dried fruits instead of candies can help you make a guilt free holiday favorite.

Remember, the holidays are a time for sharing and enjoying great food as well as great company, so don’t deprive yourself, but do practice moderation. Keeping up a regular exercise routine and maintaining healthy eating habits between holiday parties will also help you stay lean this season.

Happy holidays from all of us at Eat Smart!

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