The holidays are here, and there is junk food all around.
At the dinners and parties you go to, you’re probably surrounded by slices of pumpkin and apple pie, eggnog, gravy, hot cocoa, stuffing, and all sorts of candies. Although you love this time of year, it’s hard to control your eating.
You can’t predict what other people are going to serve, but you can incorporate some healthy recipes into your own meals. If you’re struggling with how to be healthy over the holidays, here are some ideas:
Replace Dessert With Fruit
Sweets are your kryptonite. You can’t go to a holiday meal without sampling a delicious cake or pie. To satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you on track, try some fruit for dessert instead.
If you’re going to a party, bring the Organic Grand Triple Treat® Fruit gift from Harry & David along. It contains pears, apples, and oranges that are picked when they are perfectly ripe. Fruits have a great amount of fiber and natural sugars, so you’ll stay full longer by simply having a piece of fruit after your meal.
Incorporate Fruits and Veggies Into More Meals With a Juicer
The holidays are a busy time. You have to entertain the kids—who are off from school—as well as prepare meals and buy gifts. Accordingly, you may not have time to research healthy recipes and eat nutritious foods.
If you’re wondering how to be healthy, but don’t have a lot of spare time to commit to a diet overhaul, invest in the 2-Speed Wide-Mouth Juicer by Oster. With it, you can make green juices that’ll refresh your system and make you feel great. You can also experiment with fruit juices to serve at dessert time.
Weigh Your Protein
While you may be tempted to dive into the fatty foods and carbohydrate-heavy meals, the holidays are a good time to focus on proteins. When nutritionists instruct people on how to be healthy, they recommend eating protein because it makes the body feel more full.
To measure your protein, try out the Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale by Ozeri. The Harvard Health Blog says that the recommended daily intake of protein varies depending on factors like your weight, sex, and activity level. You can use the website’s handy calculator tool to figure out your optimal intake.
Use a Slow Cooker
The holidays are when you jump for those warm and heavy comfort foods, even though you know they aren’t always the healthiest options. You can make nutritious comfort food with ease by getting a Stay or Go 5 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker by Hamilton Beach.
With this slow cooker, you can follow healthy recipes for foods like turkey chili, roasted chicken, and beef stew—and satisfy your hunger for warm, hearty goodies. It doesn’t require much foresight to use the slow cooker, and at the end of the day, your stomach (and waistline) will thank you.