Tonawanda News — I have made the effort to eat healthy all year, though I have eaten unhealthy snacks and desserts in moderation. Immersed in the holiday season, I’m around all of the wonderful foods that I can only have this time of year. What’s a girl to do?
My goal for the holiday season is to maintain my weight and not reverse the efforts I’ve put in this past year. To do this, I will enjoy small portions of my favorite holiday foods and avoid the breads, buns and potatoes that I can enjoy any time of year.
Here are some tips on how to maintain your weight during the holidays.
• Keep your table and plate colorful with lots of fruits and vegetables.
• Remember that many appetizers are 100 calories or more per serving. Avoid grazing, it adds up quickly.
• Chew sugar-free gum when you are cooking or baking so you are not tempted to sample.
• Drink plenty of water.
• Be active every chance you get. Take extra steps whenever you can. Go sledding with the kids.
• When at a party or gathering, sit or stand away from the snack table. You’ll eat more mindfully if you have to shuffle through a crowd or leave a conversation to get something.
If you are asked to bring a dish to a holiday gathering, make something delicious and healthy. Others will appreciate the option as well. If you don’t have time to make a dish, bring a basket filled with fresh fruit. This quinoa side dish is easy to make, delicious, and travels well.
1 cup quinoa prepared according to package directions
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium onion diced
1 cup broccoli florets
3 tablespoons dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Salt and pepper to taste
Using a non-stick fry pan, stir fry onion and broccoli florets in olive oil until tender. Mix cooked vegetables with warm quinoa, cranberries and pecans.