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It’s that time of year again! Decadent recipes show up at potlucks, homemade cookies fill the office break room, and you’re finding yourself unable to say no to all of the tasty treats. Thankfully, you don’t have to. This season, eating healthy during the holidays means being in the moment and paying attention to portions.
Here are four tips to help you keep your healthy eating on track during parties, family dinners, and festive events this holiday season.
From work parties to gatherings with friends and family, it’s best to go in with a game plan. You’ll love every bite while feeling better about your healthier approach to the sweet treats and savory dishes you enjoy.
It’s easy to get excited about a holiday gathering and skip breakfast or lunch to be ready for the seasonal meal. Instead, maintain your regular meal schedule and have a snack before you go.
Try drinking a tall glass of protein-rich a2 Milk® to minimize any hunger and help you stick to one plate of food at the event. Focus on savoring the cool, creamy texture of the milk. Add a swirl of chocolate or peppermint syrup to make it festive!
When attending a potluck or buffet where everyone brings a dish, you might feel like you have to try every recipe. Unfortunately, doing so can lead to overeating, even when taking small portions.
Choose three or four must-haves and focus on a full portion of those and savor every bite. Are you finally indulging in your aunt’s homemade Deliciously Creamy Eggnog that you only get once a year? Have a full glass! Did your neighbor make the most creative Broccoli Salad with Pomegranate Arils? Take a big scoop.
It’s easy to strike up a conversation next to a buffet of appetizers and lean in for a few more skewers or mini-sandwiches. But by the time you move on, you may have gobbled down an entire meal’s worth of calories.
Instead, pick up one of the little plates, fill it with a variety of colorful snacks, then walk away. Pick up each bite and appreciate the talents of the chef. Are the tomatoes cut into pretty little roses? Does the sugar on the cookies glisten like snow? Enjoy these mini moments to help avoid overindulging.
That tray of holiday treats is still lingering next to the coffee pot at work. It’s all you can think about. Stop torturing yourself and worrying that you’ll end up bingeing on the treats.
Fill your mug with hot coffee, pick out one enticing cookie, and leave the room. It will only take you a few minutes to eat the cookie, so do it with intention. Taste the icing, inhale the coffee aroma, and close your eyes as you chew. Can you recall a holiday cookie baking or decorating memory that brings you joy? Savor the moment.
Eating healthy during the holidays is simple if you slow down and relish every delicious bite. Stock up on a few cartons of a2 Milk® so you’re sure to have enough for some Rich Hot Chocolate to go with a batch of Spiced Apple Muffins. Happy holidays!