The holidays are a time when many of us indulge way too much. Even if you work at home, you may be taking the week off to prepare a gigantic feast for your friends and family members to enjoy.
You still should be concerned about your health, however. You can enjoy a tasty meal by keeping these holiday health tips in mind.
Get A Little Bit Of Exercise In
Don’t spend your holidays eating. Get some exercise in with your guests. Participate in a game of touch football or play an indoor game that involves some movement. When it gets dark outside, you can also go on a walk to look at Christmas lights and enjoy the weather. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you are active.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Many people skip breakfast in anticipation of a big holiday meal. You will just up ravenous and overeat. Make sure you don’t skip breakfast during the holidays. Have something healthy, such as fruit, a couple of eggs or whole-wheat toast. Just make sure that whatever you eat is full of fiber so that it will fill you up until it’s time to eat the main course.
Cut Calories Where You Can
You can eat a little healthier during the holidays by cutting calories where you can. It’s easy to tweak a few recipes to make them healthier. Use skim milk instead of whole milk. Opt for sugar substitutes instead of the real thing. Replace butter with margarine. If you are looking to make something new in 2020, you can try one of the following healthy recipes:
– 8 cups of sweet potatoes, chopped and peal
– ⅓ cup of maple syrup
– 2 tablespoons of melted margarine
– 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
– ½ teaspoon of salt
Preheat your oven to 400°F. Put the sweet potatoes into a baking dish. Place the remainder of your ingredients into a bowl and mix. Pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes. Cover the dish and bake for about 15 minutes. Every 15 minutes uncover the dish, stir the sweet potatoes and cook for 15 minutes. Let cook for about 45 minutes or until they sweet potatoes are slightly brown.
– 1 head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
– 1 tablespoon of water
– 1 small lime, zested
– ½ cup of cilantro, chop finely
– 2 tablespoons of butter
Put the cauliflower into a food processor and let pulse into it looks like rice. Place the cauliflower and water into a dish, cover and microwave it for seven minutes. It should be tender. Add the lime zest, cilantro and margarine. Stir until blended.
– 2 pounds of green beans, trimmed
– 1 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 teaspoon of salt
– ½ teaspoon of black pepper
Preheat your oven to 400°F. Place the green beans on a pan and spread them out. Drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle the salt and pepper on top. Put them in the oven and roast for about 25 minutes. They should be slightly shriveled when they are finished cooking.
In conclusion, don’t let your holiday meals ruin your healthy eating habits. There are plenty of ways that you can still enjoy the day without sacrificing your health. Use some of the tips mentioned above so that you won’t feel guilty about what you eat. If you are ready to try something new, you should make one of the recipes. All three of them are tasty and healthy.