Wednesday, November 18, 2009

From the desk of Michelle Maloney:
With the holidays approaching, it is sometimes difficult to maintain healthy eating habits. Your family can enjoy all their favorites while keeping a healthy diet by using these calorie saving tips:
Before a holiday event, you should eat a light meal or snack. This will prevent you from overeating at the party. A good snack can include a light protein such as string cheese, yogurt or chicken.
Limit your children’s sugary drinks to just one at the party and then switch to water for the rest of the evening. Encourage your children to drink water especially after they have had a juice box or soda.
If you are the guest at an event, offer to bring something healthy to share such as a vegetable or fruit tray. If you are bringing a dish to pass or a dessert, consider substituting low fat alternatives for cream cheese, sour cream or egg substitutes instead of the full fat version.
When it comes to sitting down at the meal, have small portions of your favorites. This allows you and your children to enjoy a variety without overdoing it.
Healthier Options
White meat turkey
Sweet Potato (w/minimal marshmallows)
Cooked carrots or broccoli
Multi Grain Bread
Less Healthy Options
Dark chicken, Ham or Duck
Mashed potatoes w/gravy
Cornbread Stuffing
Be realistic. Allow yourself to have your favorites--even some sweets, but keeping it all in moderation is the key.

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