This Holiday Season, Eat Mindful, Not Mindless

The holidays coming up in late December are usually a time full of happiness and excitement.  However, sometimes holidays can be stressful. Knowing that it is likely for overeating and eating an excessive amount of unhealthy food can be worrisome.  I’m here to tell you that it is possible to enjoy the holidays and relax about eating healthy.  I have some tips that you and your family can incorporate into your holiday meals that should relive your stress about ruining your healthy eating habits.

Turkey is one food you must eat over the holidays. Try to eat pieces of turkey that are lighter meats, that means that there are fewer calories than dark meat. Another way to cut calories is to take off the skin of the meat you’re eating. Also, keep your serving size in mind. A serving size of meat is about 3 oz., which is the size of a deck of cards. Serving size is important so you can indulge on all the other food you want and not get too full on one food. Also turkey usually comes with gravy, if you can limit the amount of gravy you dump on your food you can limit the amount of fat and sodium you are putting in your mouth.

If you are in charge of bringing one dish there are a ton of ways to bring a tasty dish everyone will enjoy, and make it healthy.

Green Bean Salad:

My mother makes this almost every holiday season and there are never any leftovers. All its takes is:

1 pound of fresh green beans

1 bell pepper

1 small onion

1 ½ tbsp. red wine vinegar

½ tbsp. of thyme and parsley

½ tbsp. of honey

1 glove of garlic

¼ cup olive oil

Mix all these ingredients together for a taste meal that your whole family will enjoy. Offering to make meals to bring to Christmas dinner will reduce the stress of eating unhealthy.

Is sweet potato casserole one of your favorite meals during the holidays? Here is a healthier alternative.

40 oz. canned, chopped sweet potatoes in light syrup

1 ¼ tpsp. Pumpkin spice

1 tpsp. Vanilla extract

2 large eggs

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

2 tbsp. maple syrup

2 tbsp. flour

These ingredients have your casserole coming out to about 250 calories.

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