The holiday season is here, plates of goodies, holiday parties, and no time to exercise! This year, don’t let your weight creep up on you like in years past! Here are some tips to help you stay healthy and to help curb your appetite over the holidays.
Healthy Holiday Tips
Take the focus off food this holiday season.
There are so many ways to spend time together besides cooking, baking, and eating. Take a walk as a family through the holiday lights. Or burn some serious calories and go sledding, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing!
It can be so tempting to grab a sweet treat or quick bite when you are out shopping at the mall. Pack filling healthy snacks like nuts, a piece of fruit, or a bag of air popped popcorn, and you won’t need to fight your way out of the food court.
Make your own homemade hot chocolate.
Ditch the packaged powders! Many hot chocolate powders are convenient, but they are chock full of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and empty calories. Spend a cozy afternoon in the kitchen with your kids and cuddle up in with this super food hot chocolate recipe.
Super Hot Chocolate Recipe
Boil water or warm milk on the stove and let cool slightly, then mix in the following ingredients:
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 teaspoons maca powder
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
1 teaspoon honey
Pinch sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and pure vanilla
1 1⁄2 cups milk of your choice or water
Don’t go to a holiday party hungry.
One of the biggest mistakes people make during the holidays is arriving to parties starving! It’s easy to think that the less you eat earlier in the day, the more room you’ll have to eat later at the party…and the less damage you’ll do overall. Instead, have a healthy, filling snack before the party so that you won’t be tempted to dive into the spinach and artichoke dip as soon as you arrive. A hardboiled egg, a slice of turkey, or a Greek yogurt are all small but satisfying options that you can have at home prior to making your big entrance.
Or bring your own healthy holiday dish to the party.
Bring a salad with delicious, colorful toppings like cranberries, roasted carrots and squash. Think of it as your safety net so that you won’t have to worry if there’s nothing but diet-busters being served.
Check out the entire spread before you dive in.
It’s easy to jump at the first thing and every different thing you see. Studies show people eat more when they’re offered a greater variety of foods. By taking a tour of all the food first, you won’t fall into this trap. Walk around and look at everything, deciding what’s healthiest and what you want the most. And only after you’ve seen it all should you decide what to put on your plate. There just may be some healthy options you want to indulge in!