Posted at: 12/19/2012 11:00 AM | Updated at: 12/23/2012 9:49 AM
Managing Holiday Temptations
· The holidays are a time for celebrating with family and friends, which usually means enjoying home-cooked meals and delicious sweet treats. But along with that holiday cheer can come a few unwanted extra pounds.
· Although the average holiday weight gain is 1 to 5 pounds, which may not seem like a lot, it can add up over the years. But instead of depriving yourself of your favorite holiday sweets, try a few recipe substitutions and healthy eating strategies that can help you enjoy holiday dishes without all of the guilt.
For healthy holiday eating strategies: Prepare, Be Aware and Share:
· Plan a smaller breakfast and lunch to allow for a few extra indulgences at the holiday party. Don’t skip these meals altogether, just plan for less.
· Bring a healthy dish to the party so you know you’ll have something to fall back on.
· Don’t pick – grab a plate and sit down to enjoy your meal. It’s easy to overeat when you are grazing at the buffet line. Practice portion control – sample small amounts of your favorite foods and try not to eat until you are overstuffed.
· Fill up on good-for-you foods first like cut fruit, crudités, and shrimp cocktail. .
· Focus on friends, not the food. Enjoy fun times with friends and try not to stand near or focus too much on the buffet.
· There may be lots of delicious desserts at the party, but choose your favorite one to enjoy instead of picking at all of them.
· Or, simply share a portion of dessert with a friend to cut down on calories.
· Prepare a healthier dessert idea and bring it to the party.
If you plan on making a dish for your next holiday party, try the recipe modifications below.
Instead of this, try this:
· Whole milk Evaporated fat-free (skim) milk, fat-free half-and-half
· Whipped Cream Whip chilled evaporated skim milk or use low-fat whipped topping
· Sour Cream Fat-free sour cream, low-fat yogurt
· Cream Cheese Reduced fat or fat-free versions (do not use fat-free for baking)
· Butter or shortening: light soft-tub margarine or use a combination of ½ butter and ½ unsweetened applesauce. Shortening: regular soft tub margarine.
· Oil (in baking) Equal amount of applesauce or double the amount of plain yogurt
· Sugar Reduce sugar by ¼ and increase cinnamon, nutmeg and/or vanilla. Use sugar substitutes according to package directions.