If you’re trying to eat healthier for any reason (high cholesterol, weight loss, feeling better)… this is the hardest time of year to stick to that diet. Between the parties, cookie swaps, and family gatherings there’s just too much temptation. It seems like there’s no such thing as an appetizer that isn’t mostly cheese, or isn’t deep fried, or wrapped in bacon… and don’t even get me started on the cocktails!!
Here are some tips for maintaining your healthy eating habits throughout the season:
1. Adjust your home cooked meals to accomodate extra calories at the parties you’ll be attending. If you know you’ll be going to two cocktail parties this week, try to prepare lighter dinners at home the other nights, like a hearty soup and big salad.
2. Eat a light dinner or sandwich at home before heading to a cocktail party or cookie swap so you’re not so hungry and tempted by all the goodies.
3. Stick to your workout routine. If you’re super busy one week it’s okay to drop one trip to the gym, but don’t take the whole season off.
4. Bring a couple of healthy appetizers to the party so you know you’ll have something to eat. It could be as simple as a veggie tray with hummus, or something decadent like dark chocolate dipped strawberries.
5. Limit your alcohol to a few drinks, and avoid creamy or fruity concoctions. Champagne is only 78 calories per 4 oz. glass while a Cosmo is 212 calories per 4 oz. serving.
6. Don’t beat yourself up if you do have a scoop of crab dip, a bacon wrapped scallop, or 2 slices of pie. The average person only gains 1-2 pounds over the holiday season, and all that food is there to be enjoyed… just do it in moderation.
Check my Recipes tab for low fat, delicious appetizers you can dazzle your friends with this year!