6 Easy Ways to Cut Calories during the Holidays

We’re guessing the turkey won’t be the only thing that’s stuffed at the holiday dinner table. The holidays are notoriously tied to overeating what with the heaps of delicious and calorie-laden foods at your fingertips.

  However, if you want to avoid sewing elastic bands into your pants come January, follow these tips to eat healthy this season:

  1. A veggie and hummus app. Before dinner, opt to fill up on fiber-rich vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers and celery instead of fried foods and cheeses. Dip the veggies in a yummy hummus and you’ll have a tasty and healthy appetizer!

  2. Stick with turkey. A munch leaner choice than ham or beef tenderloin, choosing white, skinless turkey breasts over dark meat can save you about 50 calories per serving. 

  3. Sweet potatoes instead of buttery mashed potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a great source of calcium, potassium and vitamins A and C, while also being low in calories (just 140 per 1 ½ cups shredded). Instead of diving head-first into a bowl of mashed potatoes full of butter and cream, try a scoop-full of roasted sweet potatoes with a dash of cinnamon.

  4. Dinner roll instead of stuffing. Craving carbs? Sub a whole wheat dinner roll for all that stuffing which can set you back over 300 calories.

  5. Drink red wine or a white wine spritzer. Red wine has less sugar and more minerals than white wine, making it a better option. If you prefer a sweeter white wine, try adding some soda or sparkling water to make a spritzer. It’s a great way to limit both your alcohol intake and your calories.

  6. Pumpkin pie for dessert. If you have a choice, pumpkin pie is your best bet for dessert. At just around 300 calories, it’s a slimmer choice compared to apple or pecan pie.

Holiday Healthy Pumpkin PieYou might not be able to stick to your diet (or even these tips) during the holidays, and that’s understandable. If you indulge in higher calorie foods, practice portion control with small servings, and don’t go back for seconds.

If you overdo it, forgive yourself and climb back on the horse the next day. The most important thing to focus on during the holidays is spending quality time with your family and friends – even if that means finding ways to cope with your family dynamics .

Most recent update: 12/19/2017

Sources: WebMD, Mayo Clinic, Eating Well

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