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Healthy Holiday Eating & Recipes

November 23, 2009

With the holidays approaching, it is easy to “fall off the bandwagon” when it comes to your diet. Trust me, I’ve done it before and it only makes it harder to get back on track after weeks of indulging on holiday treats. Eating rich traditional food for one meal of the year won’t hurt you. The problem is, that the over-indulgence can go on for days, or even weeks. There are two times during the year when I hate to go to my school gym. One is right when school starts in the fall when everyone is coming back on campus, and the other one is right after the New Years. Am I the only one that notices that the gym doubles in memberships after the New Years? It is always funny to see after 2 weeks, the gym dies back down and goes back to normal. To avoid having to “work off” your holiday weight, here are some tips I live by when approaching the holidays:

  • Don’t go to a party hungry: we often eat faster and more when we are hungry – therefore eat a filling breakfast and lunch on the day to avoid overeating
  • Watch your portion: treat yourself  to a nice drink, dessert, chocolate or sweets without guilt, but always watch your portion.  Go for small portions. This way you can sample all the different foods. Just take smaller portions of unhealthy foods, and savour them slowly. Moderation is always the key.
  • Drink plenty of water: alcohol and coffee can dehydrate your body.
  • Physical activity: Go for a run or walk with your loved ones during the holidays. Keeping up your physical fitness will help you fight tempting foods and leave you in great shape after the holiday season.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables: Keep up with the fresh fruit and vegetables over the holiday season. Keep a bowl topped up with easy to grab and eat fruit where people can help themselves. Before a meal, put a dish of carrot sticks, apple pieces or cubes of fresh pineapple on the table – you’ll be surprised at how fast they disappear.

Here are a couple holiday-inspired dishes to bring along to a party. People are often glad to have something crisp and fresh, alongside heavier food. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Mash

Maple-Glazed Carrots with Toasted Pistachios

Thanksgiving Salad with Green Beans, Dried Cherries & Almonds

Roasted Root Vegetables

Pumpkin Dip

Pumpkin Walnut Bars

Pumpkin & Black Bean Soup

Turkey, Pear & Feta Panini

Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Turkey Sandwich with Brie, Shaved Granny Smith Apple and Dijon-Balsamic Reduction

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Vegetable Slaw with Honey-Lemon Dressing

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