There’s no question that the holidays are fun and exciting, but there’s also no denying that they also come with a lot of delicious yet unhealthy food. But don’t fret! Just because you don’t want to sacrifice your health to enjoy some classic holiday treats, it doesn’t have to mean missing out on all the deliciousness. There are plenty of healthy foods you can focus on this holiday season.
Today, we’ll tell you about six foods to focus on when you’re planning your holiday meals.
First, let’s start with vegetables! Veggies are a great addition to any meal and a great way to add more nutrition without sacrificing taste. Roasted Brussels sprouts, steamed broccoli, grilled asparagus – feel free to get creative here! There are so many tasty ways to incorporate veggies into your meals.
Next up: fish! Fish is packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to have numerous health benefits. Salmon is a particularly popular holiday choice; it’s flavorful and easy to prepare. Try grilling or baking it with some herbs, and you’ll have yourself a delicious meal in no time!
Fruits are another excellent option when it comes to healthy holiday eating. Try sprinkling frozen raspberries on your breakfast cereal or adding a few apple slices to your salad. For a sweet treat, you can also try making a festive fruit salad with oranges, grapefruit, and pomegranate.
Grains are filled with fiber and other essential vitamins and minerals. Brown rice, quinoa, farro – there are so many different grains to choose from! Use them as side dishes or mix them into casseroles for added nutrition.
Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds contain healthy fats that help keep you full longer. Walnuts, almonds, and chia seeds – they all make great additions to salads or even desserts. You can also experiment with nut butters as spreads or dips.
Finally, legumes are packed with protein and fiber. Try adding chickpeas to your salads or making a lentil soup for a nourishing meal. You can also roast some edamame and sprinkle them over pasta dishes for added flavor.
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Other Healthy Holiday Tips
Along with incorporating these healthier foods into your meals, there are a few other tips to keep in mind.
- One of our favorites is filling your plate up with protein before anything else. Proteins help to keep you full for longer and can prevent overeating.
- Secondly, don’t forget about hydration! Staying hydrated helps you avoid overeating and gives your body the fuel it needs to stay energized throughout the day.
- Finally, practice mindful eating. Take your time when you’re eating and savor each bite – this will help you stay mindful of how much you’re consuming.
By focusing on these healthy foods and keeping in mind these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious holiday meal without sacrificing your health. So have fun with it and get creative in the kitchen – happy holidays! And remember, if you are looking for guidance with diet and exercise during the holidays and beyond, Xtend Fitness is here to help. Contact us today to learn more.