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Surviving Holiday Feasting

So much delicious holiday feasting, so little room left in your waistband!

We have some tips so you can enjoy holiday goodies and still fit into your clothes come January.

Bring Something Healthy

If you are asked to bring an appetizer to a party, make something healthy so you know there will be at least one good-for-you option available. Try one of these recipes: 

Eat Before You Go

If you're headed to an appetizer/cocktail party, eat a healthy meal before you go so you are less tempted to graze. Let yourself have a few appetizers, but use a small plate and chat with friends away from the food table.

    Healthy Snacks—Don’t Leave Home Without Them

    When you're out and about shopping and running errands, it can be tempting to grab a cookie and latte when you should be eating something balanced. So to put the "power" in power shopping:

    • Stay hydrated--keep a bottle of water with you at all times. Often when people think they are hungry, they are actually dehydrated.
    • Slice up some apples and grab and handful of raw almonds--throw each into a resealable bag and stuff them in a purse or coat pocket for a snack. 
    • Bring along some homemade energy boosters to tide you over:

    (Tip: add some sliced almonds for even more protein)

    Be Choosy

    There are going to be endless opportunities for eating holiday foods--at work, at parties, and when food gifts make their annual migration to your door. So pick and choose when to indulge. For example, commit to skipping the treats at work and save those calories for one of the parties you have coming up. 

      Holiday Spirits

      It can be easy to rack up extra calories with so many holiday beverages tempting you. Let’s take a look at some drinks* side-by-side so you can determine which should be considered a splurge, versus which ones would be a better choice if you're going to be knocking back more than one.

      • Egg Nog (6 ounces)
        Calories: 345
        Total Fat: 18 grams
        Carbohydrates: 42 grams
      • Hot Cocoa (6 ounces)
        Calories: 250-350
        Fat: 10-15 grams
        Carbohydrates: anywhere from 30 to 80 grams
      • Mulled Wine (6 ounces)
        Calories: 200-250
        Fat: 0 grams
        Carbohydrates: 25-30 grams
      • Mulled Cider (6 ounces)
        Calories: 100
        Fat: less than 1 grams
        Carbohydrates: 20 grams

      *Note: Nutrition information has been approximated to represent what an average beverage might contain. If you need more specific information, please check ingredient labels.

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        Jan. 17, 2010 9:26 am
        These look good too
        Dec. 13, 2012 8:34 am
        Good suggestions above! We are doing a dessert-type open house on Saturday; I am including a big bowl of fresh cut up fruit. Others will bring dessert things. :)
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