For example, choose crustless pie, apple quinoa bowls, protein bars, or pears sweetened with cinnamon instead of traditional pies, cakes, cookies, and candies.
If you can avoid alcohol entirely, do so! If you enjoy social drinking during the holidays, stick with just one drink per occasion if you can.
Make healthy holiday swaps (cauliflower rice, cauliflower stuffing, or mashed cauliflower, etc.) instead of traditional mashed potatoes with butter and regular stuffing to reduce total calories and carbs.
Pick skinless turkey or chicken over ham, other processed meats, and fatty cuts of red meat.
Don't feel guilty if you splurge every now and then on not-so-healthy foods, but try your best not to overindulge.
Use Smaller Plates
Rather than measuring your food to make portion sizes smaller, simply use smaller plates!
Fill each plate in a nutritious way by utilizing the perfect plate method:
Choose beverages wisely this holiday season, as many favorite holiday drinks can pack on calories and pounds quickly.
Some of the best choices are water, black coffee, and unsweetened tea.
You might also choose club soda, milk, plant milk, or 100% fruit juice.
If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation (1 drink per occasion) and choose lower-calorie alcoholic drinks if you can!
Fill Up on Veggies and Protein
Low-carb veggies and nutritious protein foods should make up the largest portion of your plate (3/4 of each plate of food), so fill up on these foods as much as possible to have healthy holidays.
Load up holiday plates with non-starchy veggies and add turkey, chicken, duck, or very lean red meat (skip the gravy and sweetened cranberry sauce).
Prepare meals with olive oil or other plant-based oils and top them with avocados, nuts, or seeds to boost satiety with heart-healthy fats!
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