5 tips for healthy eating during the holidays
1. Start your day with a nutritious meal.
That way, you’ll be more likely to not overindulge later in the day.
2. Make your meals balanced
Include a mix of healthy fats, carbs and protein at each meal, don’t forget the vegetables. This will ensure your meals are more satiating, keeping you fuller and more energized for longer, and will balance your blood sugar levels to prevent cravings after dinner!
3. Eat a high protein snack in the afternoon
Enjoying a protein-rich snack each afternoon helps to balance your blood sugar levels, and provides a slow release of energy – rather than a spike in blood sugar like chips, fizzy drinks or even too much fruit can cause! Great options include veggie sticks with hummus, a small handful of nuts, or Greek yoghurt with some cinnamon.
4. Indulge intentionally
You should definitely enjoy yourself, but limit indulgences to specific days rather than letting yourself have treats continuously. It’s important to be selective with your indulgence: If you’re a dessert person, skip the after-dinner drinks–the dessert is your indulgence. If you enjoy wine, have a glass, but keep dinner lighter and skip the dessert course.
5. Remember to drink water
With all the delicious food and drink choices, sometimes we forget to just drink water. Staying hydrated will help keep you energized, so you don’t reach for sugary pick-me-ups. It also helps keep you full, so you won’t overdo it on portions.