The holiday season is here! We’ve compiled some nutrition tips and recipes to prepare instead of the traditional (and usually heavier) holiday dishes. You’ll be left with a spring in your step and gratitude for your determination to stick to your healthy eating patterns.
If you are cooking a turkey for a smaller gathering, cook a breast instead of the whole bird. It’s easier to cook and you’ll avoid the richer dark meat. If you are at a hosted dinner, stick with the white meat.
Ah yes, the stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls and cornbread are all beloved, yet insulin-spiking foods. We like to bring veggie side dishes to Thanksgiving and that gives us more of control over ingredients.
Here are some suggestions for vegetarian side dishes:
Try avoiding cream-based casseroles, sweet potatoes with marshmallows and gravy – you’ll be surprised at how much more energy you have than everyone else who indulged! You can still have a great meal with your family while filling your plate with white meat turkey and the veggie dishes you brought.
If you are following a strict diet, we always say bring your own dessert. With so many food allergies and different types of diets out there these days, it’s become normal for people to prepare their own food to bring to gatherings. Try our No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Cookies for a quick way to help boost your protein requirements. You can always avoid dessert altogether and instead enjoy some post-meal tea or coffee.
Portion Size Control
When it comes to a buffet-style meal, you can still enjoy your favorite foods (within the bounds of your diet) by taking a small portion, slice or scoop. It’s easy to have eyes bigger than your stomach, especially around the holidays, but remember that you can have a lovely and satisfying meal with reasonably-sized portions.
Finally, if you need a good brunch recipe for overnight guests, try our Parmesan Spinach Pie for an easy and delicious way to get in your veggies.
With a little preparation, you and your loved ones can enjoy all the festivities of the holiday season while keeping your diet and fitness goals on track!