Holiday Weight Control...
IS Possible

Holiday weight control is easy with the following healthy holiday eating suggestions.

Holiday Eating Strategies:

Lowfat Holiday Eating: Healthy Appetizers

Dippers:

  • Baked tortilla chips
  • Raw vegetables: baby carrots, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, celery, broccoli, cauliflower
  • Lowfat whole grain crackers
  • Whole wheat pita bread cut into triangles

Healthy Dips:

  • Salsa
  • Salsa mixed with plain nonfat yogurt
  • Plain nonfat yogurt mixed with horseradish mustard and dill
  • Lowfat vanilla yogurt mixed with cinnamon
  • Plain nonfat yogurt mixed with instant onion soup mix. Stir in chives.

Healthy Holiday Eating Suggestions: Desserts

Cut everything in smaller portions. Not exactly rocket science, but a smaller portion has fewer calories.

Cutting a pie in 10 pieces vs. 8 pieces saves 25% calories (cutting in 12 pieces vs. 8 pieces saves 33%).

Cut brownie and cakes into "3 bites" size.

Make smaller cookies. If you're in charge of baking, you're in total control of portion sizes. Use that control to your advantage!

Make fewer varieties of cookies. Research confirms that a greater variety of choices results in a person eating more.

If there are 4 kinds of cookies, you'll want to try them all. It's just human nature.

Lighten desserts.

  • Use Splenda in place of all or part of sugar.
  • Substitute 2 egg whites or 1/4 cup egg substitute for every whole egg.
  • Reduce the amount of nuts and chocolate chips a recipe calls for by 25%.
  • Use evaporated skim milk in place of regular evaporated milk.
  • Use fat free whipped cream in place of regular whipped cream.

Bake non-edible crafts (ornaments, etc.) instead of tempting high fat baked goods.

See more holiday weight control tips for managing holiday foods.

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