Healthy Holidays: Before Resolutions, Try Pre-Solutions!
The holiday season can be a difficult time to kick off a healthy eating program. That’s why most of us save
our efforts until the New Year. Why not get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution by trying presolutions
for healthier holiday eating? Here’s how:
Pre- Solution: Eat Mindfully
- Enjoy what you eat! Most of the traditional holiday meals are only served once a year. Whether
you’re at a party or at home, take one small portion, eat slowly, and savor every bite. Become
satisfied by how a food tastes instead of the quantity you eat.
- Avoid post-dinner nibbles that can rack up calories. You might not even be hungry or realize you’re
eating. It’s best to remove your plate when you’ve finished your meal.
- Stop eating when you feel comfortably full – not when you feel like you’re about to burst.
Pre-Solution: Focus on Veggies
- Vegetables are low in calories and packed with good-for-you nutrition. Create lighter versions of
classic vegetable dishes that are loaded with butter, cream and/or sugar by substituting with healthier
- Instead of sour cream in mashed potatoes try low-fat or fat-free Greek yogurt
- Instead of cooking Brussels sprouts in butter try roasting in 1-2 tsp of olive oil
- Instead of brown sugar and marshmallows in candied yams try whipping yams with 1 tbsp
maple syrup and the zest and juice of one orange
- Check out shopriteforms.mywebgrocer.com for healthy holiday vegetable dishes. Just look under the health and
wellness tab on our website! Try our favorites:
- Roasted mushrooms with winter vegetables
- Roasted butternut squash
- Scalloped potatoes
- Acorn squash stuffed with wild rice, pears, cranberries, and walnuts
- Cauliflower and broccoli gratin with goat cheese
Pre-Solution: Find balance with exercise
- Avoid the “I’ll work that off later” mentality. The reality is that a typical 30-minute walk on the
treadmill burns about 130 calories, about the same amount of calories in a dinner roll. Instead, find a
balance between incorporating a few days of activity into your weekly routine and enjoying holiday
foods in moderation.