“It’s the holidays, so why not?” is usually what we tell ourselves while reaching for another Christmas cookie or Moscow mule. While there’s nothing wrong with indulging in your favorite seasonal treats every once in a while, practically living off of baked goods, cheese trays, and fried foods will only sabotage all the work you’ve put into meeting your 2023 wellness goals. Here are some holiday healthy eating swaps that can help you strike a balance between savoring the season and looking after your health.
Choose Whole Grains Over Refined Carbs
Instead of reaching for that second serving of mashed potatoes or white bread rolls, opt for whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, or whole wheat bread. Whole grains are higher in fiber, which can help you stay full longer and regulate your blood sugar levels.
Roast Instead of Fry
When it comes to preparing dishes like potatoes or turkey, consider roasting instead of deep frying. Roasting allows you to use less oil while still achieving that delicious crispiness. Plus, it’s a simpler and healthier cooking method.
Veggies as Snacks
Set out a plate of fresh vegetables like carrot sticks, celery, and bell pepper strips as a snack option alongside the usual chips and dip. They provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber to help curb your appetite between meals.
Limit Sugary Treats
Indulging in sweet treats is part of the holiday tradition, but try to limit your intake. A small piece of pie or a cookie is fine, but avoid overindulging in sugary confections that can lead to energy crashes and unwanted weight gain.
Drink More Water
Don’t forget to stay hydrated! Opt for water or herbal teas over sugary soft drinks, cocktails, or excessive amounts of alcohol. Proper hydration can help control your appetite and prevent overindulgence.
Whether you join us for a smoothie, salad, or cold-pressed juice or pick up a few better-for-you snacks at our Emporium, we have a wide variety of delicious foods that will help you feel your best, inside and out. We’re open Mon-Fri (8 am-3 pm) and Sat (8 am-2 pm).