Naughty and Nice Holiday Foods
Avoid holiday weight gain, and still enjoy the feast.
Don't Let Holiday Foods Get the Best of You
Curb calories from so-called naughty foods by taking tiny portions. The
first few bites of any food provide the most pleasure. Once you've finished
your treat, fight the urge for more.
- Sit far from buffet tables, candy dishes, and cookie-laden platters.
- Excuse yourself from the dinner table when done eating.
- Keep your mouth busy by talking with friends and family.
- Chew gum or suck on a sugarless breath mint to prevent picking.
- If you're able, brush your teeth; the taste of toothpaste dulls taste
Making Holiday Foods Healthier
Food preparation techniques that reduce calories, fat, and sodium go a long
way to keeping you healthy during the holidays. Lighten up your favorite
holiday foods and create new recipes with these 15 tips:
- Mash white potatoes with low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth instead of
milk, butter, and salt.
- Roast vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, green beans, squash, and carrots
to bring out their natural flavor.
- Prepare favorite dips with fat-free sour cream or yogurt.
- Mash cooked sweet potatoes with orange juice instead of butter.
- Skip one of the crusts on fruit pies; prepare a fruit crisp instead of
- Use a gravy separator to skim the fat when making gravy.
- Make a low-fat cheese sauce for casseroles.
- Substitute heart-healthy canola oil for butter and margarine.
- Consider lean pork tenderloin for holiday meals instead of fattier or
- Use part-skim or fat-free cheeses to make dishes such as cheesecake or
- Prepare bread pudding with fat-free egg nog instead of full-fat milk for
extra flavor; add raisins or dried fruit for more fiber.
- Prepare just one striking dessert and offer fruit, such as chocolate-dipped
whole strawberries, instead of cookies and candy.
- For a festive appetizer, mix equal amounts of fat-free salsa and low-fat
cottage cheese; serve with homemade whole-wheat pita chips or cut-up
- Make a black bean dip flavored with lime juice and cilantro instead of
- Let your guests nibble on homemade trail mix made with whole-grain cereal,
dry roasted peanuts, and dried cranberries instead of fatty chips or other