You can enjoy your favorite dishes and still stay healthy this season. Learn how to make healthy choices at every celebration.
The holidays are almost here. That brings fun celebrations with family, friends, and coworkers — and plenty of delicious things to eat. It’s the season for festive dinners, homemade desserts, and tasty party platters.
Eating healthy at this time of year can be a challenge. No matter which holiday you celebrate, the effects of all that food can add up. Some adults tend to gain a few pounds between late November and early January, research shows.
And even if you’re not worried about gaining weight, it pays to make healthy food choices all season long. Eating well boosts your immunity and helps with digestion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The best approach is to be thoughtful in what you’re choosing during the holidays, says Paul Montanchez, MPH. He’s a health educator at Blue Shield of California. You can eat a balanced diet and still have some of the holiday treats you love. “You don't want to pass up your favorites or feel guilty because you’re choosing to eat Grandma's pumpkin pie,” he says.
But there are some healthy swaps you can make when you’re cooking at home or filling your plate at a buffet.
Top food swaps
The trick is to sub in healthier foods that taste just as good, says Montanchez. Here are some swaps to try:
Other ways to eat healthy right now
There are some other smart diet tips that can keep you healthy around the holidays.
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