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AHS Weekly Wellness News: Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

During the holiday season, festive gatherings mean food, food and more food! Trying to eat healthy meals and snacks during this time of year can be a challenge. Here are some helpful tips to keep you on track.

At home:

  • Since you will likely be busier than usual, have convenient healthy food available.

  • Buy washed, cut up vegetables and fruit for easier choices at meals and snacks.

  • Keep higher calorie food out of sight. This makes it less tempting to indulge.

  • If there are leftovers from a meal, send them home with guests in decorative holiday containers or package up for future meals.

  • If you bake for the holidays ahead of time, freeze until serving.

At parties and gatherings:

  • Bring a healthier option –grilled shrimp, chicken satay, cut up raw vegetables or a fruit tray.

  • Socialize away from the food table.

  • Choose lower calorie drinks like virgin Caesars, sugar-free pop or sparkling water.

  • Use a smaller plate.

  • Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruit.

  • Focus on the food when eating and eat slowly.

For more healthy eating tips and delicious recipes visit: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/nutrition/page12598.aspx

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