‘Tis the season to be jolly, not jiggly! As the holiday feast approaches, the thought of navigating the spread without feeling like a stuffed turkey can be daunting. But fear not, wellness warriors….we’ve got your back with some savvy tips on making nutritious choices without bidding farewell to the festive flavors that make this time of year so delicious.
1. Deck the Plate with Colorful Veggies:
When in doubt, load up on veggies! Create a vibrant plate by filling half of it with a rainbow of vegetables. Roasted Brussels sprouts, colorful bell peppers, and a medley of roasted root veggies can add both nutrients and eye-catching appeal to your holiday spread.
2. Turkey Time Tricks:
From Thanksgiving on turkey is the star of the show, and you can keep it lean. Opt for white meat over dark, and don’t be shy about removing the skin. Season it with herbs and spices to amp up the flavor without resorting to excess salt or butter.
3. Smart Swaps for Side Dishes:
Transform classic side dishes into healthier versions without sacrificing taste. Cauliflower mashed “potatoes,” quinoa stuffing, and sweet potato casserole with a nutty oat topping are just a few options to consider. Your taste buds won’t even notice the swap!
4. Drink (Mostly) Responsibly:
Toasting to the holidays is part of the fun, but those sugary cocktails and creamy eggnogs can add up. Balance your beverage choices by alternating with water and opting for lighter versions of your favorite holiday drinks. Mocktails with a splash of sparkle can be just as festive!
5. Portion Control, Not Portion Patrol:
Enjoy the feast without overindulging by practicing mindful portion control. Use smaller plates, savor each bite, and take your time between servings. Your stomach will thank you for the moderation, and you won’t miss out on the joy of every flavor-packed morsel. Here is a link to a super tip on portion control
6. Dessert Delights:
Sweet treats are a holiday must, but there’s room for smart choices here too. You can simply opt for fruit-based desserts, dark chocolate goodies, or mini portions of your favorite indulgences. You can have your cake and eat it too, in moderation!
Surviving the holiday feast with your wellness intact doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the deliciousness. By incorporating these healthy eating hacks, you’ll not only nourish your body but also revel in the joy of the season guilt-free. Cheers to a happy, healthy, and flavor-packed holiday feast at iWellness Life!