Who doesn’t love a holiday party? Getting to dress up and mingle with family and friends is a highlight of the holiday season. But between the constantly filled glass in one hand and endless trays of foods passing by your eyes, you could easily lose track of how much you are drinking and eating. Luckily, there are some tasty swaps that you can make to ensure that you enjoy every minute of the party.
1. Think International
Swap out high calorie dips with ones made with Greek yogurt to not only save calories, but also, give you a little extra protein. Another choice for a healthier dip is salsa. The tomatoes and peppers will give you a dose of vitamin C and vitamin A, which can help keep your immune system strong and you healthy.
2. Be Nutty
Instead of mindlessly munching on Chex mix, opt for nuts and olives. Not only will they help make your table pretty, but also provide you with protein and heart healthy fats. Both will help keep your appetite in check.
3. Fake A Drink
Did you know that replacing 2 of the 5 ounces in a glass of wine with club soda could save you up to 60 calories? Not only will you save calories, but also save yourself from possible embarrassing antics.
4. Be Colorful
Why would you eat pale brown crackers when you could enjoy a festive plate of raw vegetables with your dip? In addition to adding color, you will get fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. The vegetables will fill you up and give you lots of different textures and flavors.
5. Go Small
It wouldn’t be a party without an amazing assortment of sweet treats. By selecting “bite-sized” desserts over slices or scoops, you can have a taste and not feel tempted to eat the whole thing.
It’s important to remember that the purpose of the holiday party is not to eat and/or drink to excess, but instead to catch up with family and friends. And if you need a little extra help, a Rise coach is as close as your phone.
Written by Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD. Joanne is a Rise Coach and Registered Dietitian. She has over 20 years of experience in nutrition counseling and wellness. Joanne loves running, going to the beach and spending time with her kids. Want to work with Joanne or another Rise coach like her? Get started at www.rise.us/r/JOANNEPEREZ