…with Boughs of Broccoli, Fa la la la la la la la la.
We don’t have to go that far to make our holidays healthier, but there are a few simple steps we can follow…
At Parties: Offer to bring a healthy dish. Choose light beer or wine over a fancy mixed or blended drink. Limit dessert choices. Eating a snack before the party is a good way to curb our appetite. Above all, have fun and enjoy.
Our Own Holiday Meals: Plan the menu with traditional dishes but maybe add a crisp winter salad with apples and walnuts to start the meal. Serve fruit such as poached pears or berry salad along with the traditional items. Fill gelatin molds with fruits or veggies. Pumpkin and apple pie are wonderfully full of nutrients and we should enjoy them just as we always do, just stick to one helping.
At the Office: Coworkers often bring things in to the office to get them out of their own house, making the office snacks possibly the highest calorie, most tempting array we will face. Try to steer clear of the break room or chew a piece of gum or a mint to deter munching when headed that direction.
Recipe Changes: Applesauce can be used for oil in some baked goods. Sub Greek yogurt for sour cream. Hummus instead of a traditional dip offers more nutrients and fewer fat calories. But if there are dishes that everyone just loves, make them the way they were intended. Moderation, not deprivation, is the best way to stay healthy.
Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la… Above all have a fun, loving, safe and merry Christmas!