10 Nutritious Tips for Holiday Parties

The holidays are my favorite time of year. Between the Christmas decorations, spending time with friends and family and the parties, so fun and food to be had! Ah I just love it! However keep these tips on mind to keep you happy,and  healthy this holiday season!  
Holiday eating tips

Tip #1: Do not stand near the buffet table. Once you get the food you want, STEP AWAY. Go eat in a different room. This way you will be less tempted to grab more food.

Tip #2: While at the party, hold your drink in your dominant hand: right hand if you’re right handed, left hand if you’re left handed. This will make you think twice before grabbing another cookie or bite of spinach dip!!

Tip #3: Rest up the night before a holiday party by getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep. A short night’s sleep can cause adults to add an extra 300 calories and choose higher-fat, higher-calorie foods. By getting enough sleep, you’ll save calories and make healthier choices.

Tip #4: Choose your first round of food at a buffet wisely. You’ll consume the largest quantity of the foods you eat first, so set yourself up for success by starting with something low-calorie like fresh veggies or hummus instead of a creamy dip. And, swap crackers and breads for veggies. Avoid piling on the cheese. While cheese contains protein, it can be higher in calories, especially when we are eating a lot of it.

Tip #5: Count 1-2-3 when pouring yourself a glass of wine, to get an estimated 5-ounce serving. Choose calorie free beverages as mixers or to drink, so you can eat your calories and not drink them. Also pay attention to your hot drinks!

Egg Nog before adding alcohol: About 350 calories and nearly 12 grams of fat per cup VS. Hot chocolate w/out whipped cream: About 190 calories and nearly 6 grams of fat per cup

Tip #6: Downsize your plate to trick your brain into thinking you are eating more. Use an appetizer or salad plate instead of a dinner plate where you will find yourself eating less than half and cutting over 1,000 calories.

Tip #7: Take smaller sips and bites to trick your brain into eating fewer calories. It’s ok to nibble.  Research has shown that multitasking during meals can lead to mindlessly eating and increasing calorie consumption. If you’re chatting at a party, set your food down until you are done chatting.

Tip #8: Choose your indulgences wisely. Allow yourself to have the treats, but don’t go crazy. By allowing yourself to have a little here and there you are less likely to binge.

Tip #9: Choose items that are seasonal verses those you can have year round. Focusing on the special foods this time of year will make it seem more like a treat. Save the calories for these instead.

Tip #10: Enjoy in moderation. Treat yourself, and if you go overboard focus the next day on healthy eating. One party or meal is not going to wreck your diet.

What are your holiday party tips and secrets??