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Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Healthy Bites: December 2013

Healthy Holiday Nutrition Tips

  1. Don’t skip breakfast! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as it gets your metabolism started and keeps your blood glucose stable.

  2. Bring a healthy menu option. If you are going to a party and planning on bringing something, make it healthy. This way, you are sure to have a good option to add to your plate. Some choices are a vegetable platter with a low fat dip or a quoina salad with lots of seasonal vegetables and a light dressing.

  3. Scan the food before you make your plate. Whether it is a home party or restaurant buffet, check out your options and choose wisley. Don’t load your plate with heavy carbohydrates. Pick the vegetables and lean proteins first and then make a good carbohydrate decision.

  4. Step away from the table! If you are selecting appetizers, put a few choices on a small plate and then walk away. Don’t stand there next to the chips and dip while engaged in a conversation. You may eat away a few hundred calories during that chat without even realizing.

  5. Make a mindful decision not to overeat. The holidays are a good time to celebrate and get together with friends and family. They don’t have to be about making bad choices or overindulging. Give yourself the present of good nutrition and a healthier you.

  6. Plan time to exercise. The hustle and bustle of the holidays often gives us a great excuse to push exercsie aside. However, we know how important exercise is for our overall health and weight goals. If you don’t have time to get to the gym, you can take a 15-minute walk or do some at-home exercise for 15-20 minutes. Exercise is also great to help combat stress and will help you avoid gaining unwanted pounds during the holidays.

  7. Watch the cocktail calories. Many drinks are made with sugar containing sodas, juices, or mixes. Consider a chocolate martini is around 405 calories and a 3.5 ounce glass of merlot is approximately 120.

  8. Overall, choose wisely! Food is our fuel so select wholesome, nutritious meals that will make you feel good. Take the time to relax and enjoy your family and friends while you enjoy this holiday season!

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