Welcome to my blog! I'm Jean Weiler, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Services Manager, Hudson Hospital & Clinic.
The holidays bring parties and delicious, delectable foods. Here's a few tips on how to stay Happy & Healthy at those Holiday Parties!
At the Party
Plan ahead. You know the food perils that are waiting. Contribute a healthy a veggie-based dish. Natural flavors from vegetables and fruit let the natural flavors sing out. Bringing a nutritious dish will be appreciated by health-conscious party-goers and you know a healthy option is available.
Prioritize your plate. Check out the spread. You don't have to try all of the options on the table - choose the foods you love, sample a few new foods. Make only one trip to the buffet
Be satisfied with sampling small amounts. The first taste is as good as it gets.
Skip the higher fat and fried foods. Fill half your plate with salad and raw vegetables, and the other half with a spoonful of low-calorie, energizing foods, like shrimp with a lemon squirt or cocktail sauce. Keep meat servings to a total of 3 ounces, and skip the gravy.
Pause between sampling. Make sure you still have room for more. If you go on to the dessert table, pick the healthiest choice and a small choice.
- Keep hydrated, but go easy on the alcohol, as it adds 150 calories per drink. Try sparkling water with a twist, seltzer and fruit juice, or vegetable juice cocktail with a dash of hot sauce and a celery stick.
Focus on healthy eating and enjoy the holiday season with friends and family!
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