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Healthy Holiday Parties
‘Tis the season for parties and holidays! Try these tips for party planning to keep your guests happy and your waistline in check.
During party season:
While the schedule gets busier, schedule time in for exercise all throughout the holiday season. This will help ensure that you breeze into 2013 without unwanted holiday pounds.
- Stick with your usual eating routine the day of a party. Skipping meals can set you up for overeating once you get there. You may want to grab a snack before you go to the party, such as an apple and almond butter or a handful of your favorite trail mix.
- Ask the host of the party what you can bring to the party. Bring a snack or appetizer that’s one of your healthy favorites: trail mix, fruit kebabs, hummus and vegetables, or a custom tray of nuts and dried fruit.
- If you’re the host of the party, balance out the food options with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Consider a make-your-own-trail-mix bar (assorted fruit and nuts with mini bags or boxes for your guests), roasted vegetable platters, bruschetta and veggie chips.
At the party:
- Chat with your friends and family and minimize your time by the food table!
- Think about what you drink! Calories from sodas, punches, and alcohol beverages can pile up in a hurry. Plus, they do not fill you up.
- Share leftovers. Ask guests in advance to bring containers, or purchase some yourself to send leftovers home with your guests. This will limit the number of extra calories left in your refrigerator after the big party.
The bottom line is: A splurge or two at holiday parties won’t undo days, weeks, or months of healthy eating habits. Get right back to your eating and exercise routine and enjoy the holiday season!