‘Tis the season to be merry! Once more, it’s the festive month of sparkling decorations, shopping-sprees, exchanging of gifts, and preparation of holiday delicacies. With all the it-wouldn’t-be-Christmas-without-foods and taste-testing that go overboard, many fall into the trap of weight gain.
However, you can still eat a lot without loading up on the fatty, high-calories dishes. Home health agencies give you the following healthy alternatives:
- Skip Full-Fat Dips, Eat Yogurt Dips
An ounce of sour cream has about 60 calories while an ounce of nonfat plain Greek yogurt has only 15 to 20 calories.
- Skip Some Alcohol Calories, Drink Wine Spritzer
A wine spritzer is a combination of wine and club soda; the latter has no calories.
- Skip Candied Yams, Eat Roasted Sweet Potatoes
A 3/4-cup serving of sweet potatoes brushed with a little heart-healthy canola or olive oil is only 100 calories compared to candied yams which have 215 calories per half-cup.
- Skip Dark Meat, Eat White Meat Turkey
A dark meat has about twice the fat of turkey breast and about 40 percent more calories.
- Skip Store-Bought, Eat Homemade Stuffing
For a healthy holiday, make your own stuffing. Let our home health caregivers help you prepare tasty yet nutritious stuffing.
- Skip Traditional Gravy, Eat Low-Fat Gravy
You can make tasty gravy with 1 cup of fat-free turkey broth, 2 tablespoons of flour, and seasonings to taste.
- Skip Cranberry Sauce, Eat Cranberry Relish
A cranberry sauce is full of sugar, corn syrup, and other added sweeteners but you can make your own cranberry relish and cut out some of the sugar for a healthy holiday side dish.
- Skip the Casserole, Eat Fresh Green Beans
Eat your veggies first because they’re lower in calories.
At-HomeCare of CT, LLC, a home care in Connecticut, can guide you through maintaining healthy eating habits despite the tempting holiday delectables.