Celebrate Healthy Habits this Holiday Season
The holiday season is often seen as a tricky time of year to stay on track with lifestyle goals, but it doesn’t have to be! Participating in holiday celebrations doesn’t mean throwing your nutrition goals out the door and eating whatever is offered. Bring your healthy lifestyle to the party this year with these tips and tricks.
Offer to bring an appetizer or side dish. This way, you can relax knowing there will be something delicious to munch on while you visit with friends and family. Some ideas include:
- Mixed vegetable platter in the shape of a favorite holiday item (i.e. Christmas tree, ornament, menorah, etc.). Pair this with a ranch dipping sauce made with low fat Greek yogurt. This can also be done as a fruit platter with a vanilla yogurt dipping sauce.
- For a side dish, you can get creative with a salad or seasonal vegetables. Examples of vegetables in season right now include kale, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, leeks, oranges, persimmons, and sweet potatoes.
- For dessert, make fruit the main component of your sweet treats. Try out some seasonal fruits such as tangerines, kiwi, or pomegranates. Make up some fruit kabobs drizzled with dark chocolate.
When planning holiday activities with friends and family, suggest things that get everyone up and moving. Some ideas include:
- Ice skating. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor rink, ice skating is a great way to get in the spirit of winter and burn off some calories.
- Window shopping. Skip the online shopping for a day and get some steps in while you shop.
- Holiday lights walk. Get the whole family bundled up and outside to see your neighborhood light shows.
Making healthy choices doesn’t mean missing out on holiday fun. Don’t be afraid to try new things and discover new ways to make this an even healthier and happier season!
Mary Cate is a clinical dietitian at CHI Health Lakeside. Her love of food and nutrition stems from many years of playing sports and growing up in a family that loves to cook. Her goal is to help people learn that nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated and that it should be an enjoyable part of our lives.