Have a look at this article written by Curtis Health staffer Anora Renaud. It’s full of great ideas to help you get through the holiday season without slipping too far off the clean eating bandwagon. Enjoy!
Even if you have superhuman willpower, the holiday season can be challenging for everyone! Is it possible to celebrate the season without indulging in our favorite high fat and caloric foods without compromising taste? Yes indeed!!
Eggnog vs Apple Cider
We don’t register nutrients the same way from beverages than we would with food. Traditional eggnog has a lot of heavy ingredients: whole milk, cream, egg yolks and sugar. When you’re craving a warm holiday drink opt for apple cider. It has half the calories but is still full of flavor.
Spinach Dip vs Hummus Dip
Spinach dip prepared with whole sour cream, cream cheese, mayonnaise is not heart-healthy due to the fat content and high calorie count. Even if you’re dipping celery sticks, you’re better off choosing the hummus over the spinach dip. Hummus made with high-protein chickpeas will satisfy your appetite and taste buds with fewer calories.
Honey Glazed Ham vs White Meat Turkey Breast
Ham is a lean meat, but when glazed and cured, excess fat, sugar and sodium are added to the mix. Get all the protein without the added fat by opting for white meat. Ditching the skin cuts 5 g of fat per serving.
Mashed Potatoes vs Mashed Cauliflower
Most of the problem with potatoes is the way they are made — mixed with milk and butter. Mashed cauliflower is a great side dish with similar texture and great added nutrients. Add garlic for a rich savory flavor.
Turkey Stuffing vs Wild Rice Stuffing
Traditional turkey stuffing is made with dry bread and can be loaded with sodium if prepared with processed chicken stock. Wild rice is rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, and is a great source of essential minerals.
Gravy vs Seasoned Yogurt
Most packaged or home made varieties are loaded with fat, calories, salt and sugar. When looking for a healthier gravy alternative, seasoned yogurt is one of the best substitutes. Yogurt is a great source of calcium.
Remember, if you do go for the traditional foods, portion control is your best friend.
Anora Renaud is a Canfitpro certified personal trainer and fitness instructor and works as a fitness and wellness coordinator for Curtis Health.