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16 Nutrition Tips for the Holiday Season: Part Two

16 Nutrition Tips for the Holiday Season: Part Two

Felicia Farace

The previous blog post contained eight nutrition tips about produce, seafood, and desserts. This post contains eight more tips directed toward eating healthful and nutritious meals during the holidays.

  1. Practice moderation. Holiday parties are filled with indulgences, but to stay on track with your diet, you should practice moderation and determine in advance how much you should eat.
  2. Eat pecans. Pecans are filled with nutrients, including potent antioxidants, such as vitamin E, beta-carotenes, ellagic acid, zeaxanthin, and lutein. Moderate your portions, however, because, like all nuts, pecans are high in fat and calories.
  3. Make cranberry sauce from scratch. Not only is cranberry sauce really easy to make, but creating this dish from scratch is better for you, as well. Fresh cranberry sauce is lighter and more nutritious than the traditional canned kind.
  4. Eat more green beans. Instead of eating the heavier holiday foods, such as stuffing or gravy, eat foods with lower calories. This includes steamed green beans, fresh cranberry sauce, and the white meat of the turkey.
  5. Drink less. Don’t fill up on alcohol at a party. Quench your thirst by drinking festive, non-alcoholic drinks before moving on to the harder stuff.
  6. Eat raw veggies. Overeating during the holidays is kind of a tradition, but stopping the habit can be as easy as eating veggies instead of other holiday goodies.
  7. Walnuts aren’t just for decorations. Along with being packed with fiber and ALA, a super heart-healthy Omega-3 fat, walnuts are incredibly delicious!
  8. Make a plan for New Years. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is a great time to clean out the fridge and rid the pantry of junk food. Stock up on more healthy foods to start New Years off on the right foot.

If you would like more tips about nutrition, call Fitness Together Ellicott City today.

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