Healthy Eating for the Hoildays


Cakes, pies, cookies and candy. The holidays are a time of feasting upon a variety of foods, including sweets. You don’t have to avoid all of your favorite treats during the holidays. Just remember to do portion control.

Desserts can be a part of a healthful diet when enjoyed in moderation. If you are going to enjoy some home baked goodies, forego the piece so big you need a steak knife to cut it and instead take just a sampling.

Also, adjust your other calories accordingly. If you’ve had or are going to have some sweets, cut back on calories in another meal.

Don’t forget to exercise. Thirty minutes of moderate exercise every day is important to resisting weight gain and keeping your body healthy.

It is easy to celebrate the holidays with your health in mind. With small menu changes, you can modify traditional holiday menus to lower the calories and fat content. Your friends and family won’t even notice the difference, except in their waistlines.

1 cup Original Menu:

  • 3½ ounces Turkey, dark meat, roasted, skin eaten
  • ½ cup bread stuffing
  • ½ cup Green beans, with almonds, cooked (with salt and margarine)
  • ½ cup Cranberry-orange relish, uncooked
  • 1 medium crossiant
  • 1 cup of macaroni and cheese with butter
  • 1 slice pecan pie
  • Total calories:  1818 ; Total fat:  83  grams

Leaner Menu:

  • 3½ ounces Turkey, light meat, roasted, skin not eaten
  • ½ cup Cornbread stuffing
  • ½ cup Green beans, fresh, cooked (no salt or fat added) (herbs and spices w/ butter powder)
  • ¼ cup cranberry relish
  • 1 whole-grain roll
  • 1 slice pumpkin pie
  • Total calories: 1184; Total fat: 48 grams

The leaner version contains less than 1/2 the calories and almost less than ½ the fat. Quite a difference with no loss of flavor.

Let me know what you are cooking and eating for the holidays!  Happy holidays and Enjoy!

Denine Rogers Rd, Ld

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