When December hits, the holidays are abound! No matter what religion you are a part of, it seems like the end of the year is filled with celebration and good cheer, which really perks up everyone before the New Year starts! Obviously, with great celebrations also come with great feasts! Each gathering will never be complete without yummy and indulgent nibbles to make the holiday even more festive.
However, many people gain 5-10 pounds over the holidays because of overindulgence in food. This is why there is a surge in gym memberships in January–to get rid of those holiday pounds, but never to commit to a fit lifestyle which may be a better idea overall. Health is wealth, and aiming for a healthy lifestyle in the long run will do wonders for your body rather than just fixing the diet you broke in December.
Why not celebrate the holidays with healthy foods? Thanks to the wonders of food technology, there are many more low-fat, low-carb, whole-grain, vegan or even vegetarian options for everyone who has a specific diet plan in mind. Think of some food that can be made healthier–no need to remove the big roast turkey if that’s what you’ve been looking forward to all year! The key is to balance the indulgent food with “better” options that won’t put you or your guests into a food coma at the end of the day.
Here are some tips:
1. Add more veggies
Veggies are the best. They will fill you up, full of nutrients and add s color and vibrancy to any holiday spread. Simple steamed vegetables in lemon vinaigrette can be a really good side dish for heavy meals like ham or roast pork. You can even cut up veggie sticks as appetizers and serve them in a yogurt-based salad dressing.
2. Roast it
Roasting and grilling are known to be some of the more healthier ways to prepare food as the fat is rendered off and you don’t need more oil to cook the food. Try serving roast chicken, roast ham and roast pork in a light barbecue sauce or glaze.
3. Soy milk
The holidays usually see a ton of drinks that are appropriately themed but chock full of sugar and full-fat milk. That specialty latte you could be sipping now may have as much calories as your lunch! Soy milk is milk that is not sourced from animals, so it’s lighter and healthier, but will still keep you feeling full. It is also great to use for pasta sauces that need milk, or even hot cocoa.
4. Cold beancurd
Cold beancurd has a bad reputation but it is one of the most delicious healthy things to serve when prepared correctly! Cold beancurd tastes almost like a custard, and can be flavored with almond or rosewater to make for a delightful end to the meal.