November 21, 2011
Maintaining Your Diet During the Holidays
Guest Post by Miriam Shatzkes, MS, RD from Dietnomics. The Holidays bring excitement and many social gatherings. Along with all the hoopla, the Holiday season brings many ups and downs with our diets. Many of us are thrown off of our normal diets and we quickly go from maintaining our normal weight to seeing a weight gain. It is important to make sure we balance our weight with the desire to want to celebrate in all of the festivities that the Holidays bring. This includes being conscious of the way we cook our meals to the way we eat through the Holiday season. When cooking your meals for the Holidays there are many substitutions that can be used to decrease the amount of unwanted calories, and reduce the fat and salt content in your meals. This includes:
- Going easy on the gravy and opting for canned cranberry sauce on your turkey for a nutritious and fat-free option.
- Try baking quick breads with applesauce instead of butter or margarine.
- Using cooking techniques such as baking and steaming versus frying, will help lower the fat content in your meals.
- Replace some of the bread in your holiday stuffing with canned chestnuts, a nutritious and different alternative. And to lighten your stuffing and add valuable nutrients, mix in canned, chopped vegetables, too.
- Substitute canned evaporated milk in recipes that call for cream. An easy way to make your holiday baking a little bit healthier, lower in calories and more nourishing.