23 Dec Bring the veggies
Christmas and New Years Eve are upon us and for many, those holidays will include fun and delicious celebrations with loved ones. If you are hosting or taking a dish to the party, consider providing a healthy option – a lighter classic or veggie dish. If you are famous for your butter-laden mashed potatoes…give the people what they want, BUT consider making a bonus healthy veggie dish, so vegetables aren’t totally overlooked during the festivities. A family member or friend who is also wellness-minded will definitely appreciate your thoughtfulness. And if others laugh at your health food stuff, that’s okay – different strokes, right?!
Another approach to being mindful of your nutrition during the holidays is to pre-party at home by hydrating with water and loading up on a salad or cooked veggies with a protein included prior to the holiday party. In the same way grocery shopping on an empty stomach can be a slippery slope, fueling up with nutritious foods can provide more freedom to enjoy traditional dishes at the party without overindulging.
At the end of the day, these are two days out of 365 of eating, so be sensible and skip the guilt-trip if your eating doesn’t go exactly as planned. If you find yourself overindulging with multiple holiday gatherings left on the calendar, pause and regroup by creating a plan, and then move onto your next celebration with a new mindset.
Do you have any tried and true healthy holiday eating tips? Let us know! We’d love to share the wellness wealth with like-minded fellow boot campers. Happy holidays!
By Victoria Emmitt RD