Healthy holiday eating tips. All the yummy things you CAN eat!
Healthy holiday food choices and making Christmas dinner healthy may not sound great but these tips give us all of the taste without sacrificing any of our festive favorites! With so many blogs telling you what you shouldn’t eat, I thought I’d do the opposite and share with you all of the delicious healthy holiday foods you can eat. Simple healthy swaps rather than cutting anything out, that taste great and will keep you nourished and in optimal health.
These healthy holiday favorite foods are waist-line friendly, healthy and nutritious. Obviously, it doesn’t mean pigging out on them the entire festive season! Overeating and consuming more than we need will always lead to weight gain.
There are no foods that I’m suggesting you avoid, just some that I recommend more than others! The festive season is to be enjoyed, but everything in moderation.
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The Nice List
- Turkey (white meat)
Skinless, white turkey meat is a great source of lean protein, which form the building blocks for the body. Think great skin, hair, nails, bones, muscles, blood, etc.
Plus turkey contains tryptophan which synthesizes into serotonin, which has a role in learning and memory. It also regulates appetite and uplifts your mood for a merrier Christmas. Choose the white meat for the leanest protein choice. Avoid deep frying the bird!
- Non-Starchy Vegetables
Sorry! I’m not talking about the creamy, cheesy or marshmallow and sugar covered versions, but steamed, boiled, raw or roasted. Non-starchy vegetables usually mean it’s the flowering part and not a root e.g. lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, tomatoes, etc.
These low-calorie vegetables are an easy way to make a healthy Christmas dinner and are packed full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and nutrients for a healthier you and boosted immune system, perfect for flu season.
- Fresh Vegetable or Bean Based Dips
Get dipping on healthy vegetable and bean based dips! Dip away in freshly made salsas, hummus and guacamole for healthy holiday eating. Bonus health points for using raw vegetables to dip with instead of chips all of the time. Bonus health points for using raw vegetables to dip with instead of chips all of the time.
Vegetables and beans are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber and guacamole also contains protein and healthy fats. Plus dips make great party food that doesn’t need cooking or heating!
Is there such a thing as too much avocado? Just remember that even though 1/3 of a medium avocado (50 g) has 80 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds making it a good nutrient choice it’s important not to think of avocado as a fruit or vegetable but as a fat and monitor your intake as such. We need fat in our diet, just not too much of it.
- Chai Tea Lattes
Ok, so this is technically a drink but I couldn’t skip it when it comes to talking abour healthy holidays. Make your own Chai tea, rather than the coffee shop version made from syrup, and you’ll gain a ton of health benefits. Don’t worry, it only takes a few minutes to make plus it saves money! This all natural version is sugar-free and uses spices that are so good for you with their thermogenic, immune-boosting, anti-bacterial, digestion-aiding (much needed during days of indulging) and pain reducing properties.
Skinny Chai Tea Lattes bring all the festivity of the season minus the guilt!
- Ice Cream
There’s a whole new wave of fit frozen desserts with all of the flavor minus the guilt. Some are even lactose-free for those of us that lactose doesn’t agree with! Some of my favorite brands are Arctic Zero and Halo Top which are in most grocery stores including Wholefoods. Ice cream always makes healthy holiday eating much more enjoyable!
Healthy holiday recipes
If you like to cook and try new recipes, check out the Healthy Holiday Turkey Cranberry Burger Recipe. It’s a great way to use up your turkey leftovers. Ground turkey can be dry but the fruit in this turkey burger recipe keeps it moist and makes it festive with none of the guilt!
How to avoid overeating
If it’s more about struggling with quantity than what you’re eating here are my Tips To Avoid Overeating and Temptation
Enjoy these healthy holiday substitutions, tips and healthy recipes! Wishing you all a very merry holiday season.
Eve Dawes is a Blogger, Podcaster, Mrs. England World 2020, a WBFF Pro Diva, SAG-AFTRA actress, NASM certified Personal Trainer, Founder of Dawes Custom Cosmetics and GlamourandGains.com. Eve's also the host of BFF (beauty, fitness & fashion) segment on Spill The Tea Live! The show for British Expats. Eve has over 15 years experience in the fashion world, is an avid traveller and cruelty-free beauty advocate.