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I had a blast hangin’ out with Jose Grinan last week discussing Healthy Eating for the Holidays! Here are some of my tips below!

1. Be realistic! Don’t try to set weight losing goals during the holidays, be conscious of what you’re eating but it’s okay if you try to maintain the weight, a more realistic goal.

2. Plan time for exercise. We know it’s hard, especially with the cold weather, but the minimum amount of exercise can help you stay at a healthy weight during the holiday get togethers. Try two 15 minute brisk walks a day, and it will make a big difference!

3. Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for a party or dinner, eat a light snack, like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to overindulge.

4. Eat until you’re satisfied and not stuffed! Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable and enjoy.

5. Practice healthy holiday cooking. Preparing favorite dishes in lower fat and calories will help promote healthy holiday eating.

Examples:

· Gravy — Refrigerate the gravy to harden fat. Skim the fat off. This will save a whopping 56 gm of fat per cup.

· Dressing — Use a little less bread and add more onions, garlic, celery, and vegetables. Add fruits such as cranberries or apples. Moisten or flavor with low fat low sodium chicken or vegetable broth and applesauce.

· Turkey – Enjoy delicious, roasted turkey breast without the skin and save 11 grams of saturated fat per 3 oz serving.

· Green Bean Casserole — Cook fresh green beans with chucks of potatoes instead of cream soup. Top with almonds instead of fried onion rings.

**Special Thanks to Medley Inc

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