You don’t have to give up all of your holiday
favorites if you make healthy choices and limit portion sizes. Healthy eating is all about balance and moderation.
- Choose fresh fruit as a festive and sweet substitute for candies, pies, cakes and desserts high in fat, cholesterol and sugar
- Before going to a party, eat a healthy snack to avoid overeating
- Watch the salt. Some holiday favorites are made with prepared foods high in sodium. Salt can increase fluid retention and can increase blood pressure
- Foods rich in sauces and fat like lechon, steaks, pasta, side dishes loaded with butter, cheese and mayonnaise, etc can increase cholesterol levels
Handle and prepare food safely
As you prepare holiday meals, keep you and your family safe from food-related illnesses such as diarrhea
- Wash hands and surface often
- Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs (including their juices) away from ready-to-eat foods and eating surfaces.
- Cook foods to the proper temperature.
- Refrigerate promptly. Do not leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.
– Be active for at least 2½ hours per week.
– Find fun ways to stay active, such as dancing to your favorite holiday music.
Make smart beverage choices
- Carry a water bottle to keep yourself well hydrated throughout the day
- At the coffee shop, request that your drink be made with fat-free or low fat milk instead of whole milk. Select the smallest size available.
- Skip the whipped cream and other flavored syrups such as vanilla, hazelnut, etc. which is loaded with calories and fat
- At the smoothie stand, order child’s size if available. Ask that your smoothie be prepared without added sugar, the fruit is naturally sweet.
- Avoid heavy or excessive drinking of alcohol