admin - December 6, 2013
The holidays are upon us once again. The invitations to parties are probably starting to roll in, or perhaps you’re preparing a bit of a feast in your own home. As people become more concerned with healthy aging and sticking to a healthy eating plan, there are more questions about how to fully enjoy holiday festivities – and everything good that comes along with them – without ruining your healthy lifestyle.
The good news is that you can stay on track this holiday. Here are some tips for throwing a memorable, healthy holiday party this year.
Tip #1: Create side dishes featuring plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
One of the best parts of a great holiday meal are the side dishes. Roasted green beans, fruit salad, vegetable quinoa pilaf are all dishes that feature ingredients that are highly nutritious and taste great. Be sure to prepare a mixture of fresh and cooked vegetable dishes that offer variety.
Tip #2: Try using plain yogurt in dishes that call for mayonnaise.
Mayonnaise is high in calories, fat, and can be loaded with added sugars and preservatives. Try switching out your usual mayonnaise for a plain, nonfat yogurt in your potato salad, spinach dip, or salad dressings. You will still get the cool creamy affect without all the added junk your body doesn’t need.
Tip #3: Ask your guests to bring a healthy dish.
Asking others to share in your desire for a healthy holiday party is a great way to learn about new dishes. It’s also a great way for you to share your knowledge with others who may be seeking a healthier lifestyle, as well.
Tip #4: Use applesauce as a substitute for butter or margarine in your baked goods.
If you love to bake pumpkin muffins, blueberry cake, or apple quick bread you may want to try substituting applesauce for butter or margarine. Doing so will add moisture to your creation without the extra fat.
Tip #5: Try using fat free chicken broth instead of oil.
Chicken broth in your mashed potatoes, rice, and sauteed vegetables adds a punch of flavor without the added fat. Be sure to use broth that is low in salt and preferably has no added preservatives.
The holidays are a time when you shouldn’t have to feel guilty about being a bit more indulgent than usual. However, you don’t have to go overboard. Utilize these tips to help keep you on the road to healthy aging no matter what time of year it may be.