Savvy Eating At Holiday Parties
‘Tis the season for holiday parties…and food! During the coming month, we’ll all be fighting temptations like raspberry-chocolate cheesecakes, miniature puff pastries, creamy eggnogs…. (Yum!)
This time of year can be stressful enough without the added worry about gaining weight. However, denying yourself food at holiday gatherings is not the key to success. Rather, it’s important to make healthful choices. In this way, you’ll survive (and enjoy) the holiday season for each of its pleasures.
Here are some tips to enable you to indulge in delicious treats without ruining your program.
1. Drink water to avoid overeating
To make it through any holiday party you must drink water. One of the great things about this practice is that drinking water decreases your chances of overeating. Add lemon to your water for a festive drink. OK – it’s not alcohol but it’s nice looking.
2. Choose shrimp cocktail as a low-carlorie appetizer
Resist eating deep-fried appetizers. Instead, grab some low-cal shrimp cocktail; one shrimp has less than 10 calories!
3. Sweet tooth? Trying eating fruit
Avoid fat-laden desserts and satisfy your sweet tooth with fresh fruit.
4. Choose dark chocolate over milk/white chocolate
If you crave chocolate, make sure it’s dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is so rich and intense that it only takes a small square to provide real satisfaction.
5. Fill up on veggies
All veggies (cucumbers, cauliflower, radishes, etc.) are naturally low in calories and high in nutrition, making them one of the best choices. Just beware of creamy dips; choose healthful hummus instead.
6. Indulge in one really decadent treat!
Don’t spend all your time trying to resist the one treat you’re really craving (e.g. fried cheese sticks, a double fudge brownie, etc.). Instead, allow yourself to eat the biggest temptation without guilt. Just make sure to take a small portion and eat slowly so that you savor every bite.
Remember that holiday parties are meant to be a time to socialize with friends and family and enjoy yourself. Although food usually takes center stage at any party, if you make smart choices you’ll leave every party guilt-free and satisfied! Start practicing now so you’ll know what to do when you are at your goal.