• 5 healthy ways to enjoy the holidays

5 healthy ways to enjoy the holidays

Brace yourself. The holidays are quickly approaching! The struggle can be real if you are trying to slim down or even maintain a healthy weight during the holiday season. On average, people tend to gain one or two pounds during this joyous time, which isn’t too terrible. The worst part is most people tend to keep those extra pounds, and over the years those can add up. But no fear, I am here to help you avoid this problem.

Here are 5 easy tips to remember during this Holiday season:

 

1. Socialize away from the food table

Chatting is zero calories. Remember it is a party, and what makes a party but the people there to share the moment with. So don’t hesitate to make new friends and enjoy each other’s company. Please don’t guard the food table like it’s your job. Move your socializing away from the food and this will hopefully minimize unconscious nibbling.

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2. Don’t Skip Meals before the party

One of the worst things you can do is show up to a party starving. Eat small, lower-calorie meals throughout the day. You will probably have a good portion of your calories at the party, so it’s best to allow for this ahead of time through being conscious of what you eat throughout the day. Try eating high-fiber foods and lean protein leading up to the event.

 

3. Drink non-alcoholic beverages in between alcoholic ones

Moderate alcohol consumption is defined as up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men, but let’s be real here- we could probably surpass that within the first hour of the party. It’s important to have a plan of how many drinks you will have that night.

Here is the general calorie count for wine/beer/liquor:

5 oz of wine: ~120 calories

12 oz beer: ~150 calories

12 oz light beer: ~100 calories

1.5 oz hard liquor: ~100 calories

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Start the night with a non-alcoholic drink and alternate with an alcoholic beverage. Try a glass of sparkling water and put some berries in there. No one said healthy had to be boring; be classy while hydrating!

*Remember, never drink and drive. Catch an Uber home instead.

 

4. Use small plates

Scope out the food options before you dive in full force. Pick out food you really want to sample (keyword: SAMPLE), and leave behind the food you can do without. Trick your mind into thinking you have more than enough by having a full small plate. Serve a small portion of the foods you want and eat slowly to savor every bite. Wait at least 10 minutes after finishing your plate before going back for more- you might actually be full.

 

5. Bring your own dish

Showing up to the party with something in hand is always a polite thing to do. Whether it’s a thoughtful holiday card, a bottle of wine, or a delectable dessert, you can’t go wrong with being nice. Here is a recipe for delicious pumpkin and walnut muffins to ensure you have at least one healthy option to snack on.

Pumpkin and Walnut Muffins

Photo Credit: ThelemonBowl.com
Photo Credit: ThelemonBowl.com

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup coconut flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
6 eggs
2 teaspoons organic vanilla
1/4 cup maple syrup, melted
3 tablespoons walnuts, chopped

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Mix the coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, and baking powder together.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix all remaining ingredients, except for the walnuts, until well blended. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin puree mixture, and mix well until smooth.
  3. Divide the batter between muffin pans, and sprinkle with walnuts.
  4. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until done.

 

I hate to admit it, but I am terrible with temptation. To successfully go to a party and not eat your weight in the goodies, you must have a plan of action. Use these tips to prevent having a food baby in your beautiful holiday attire.

 

Love & Lyons,

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Lauren Hulin

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When Lauren isn’t occupied by her dietetic internship at Tulane, she is trying out new recipes and taking a stab at growing her own fruits and vegetables. You may also find her on the field cheering on her boys in the black and gold. Check out her website livewellwithlauren.com for other tips on healthy living and recipes.

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