Tips to stay healthy during the holidays
Here are a few suggestions to help you and your child enjoy the season in a healthy way:
Maintain normal eating patterns. Upcoming school breaks, can be easy for your child’s routine to get off-track. If your child usually eats three meals a day and snacks, try to keep that schedule consistent. Avoid eating light throughout the day to binge on favorite holiday dishes. Maintaining normal eating schedule helps keep hunger at bay and allows you time to enjoy your holiday favorites without overeating.
Concentrate on portion size, eat slowly and pay attention to your body. Remember to honor your fullness cues and stop eating when Satiated
Be sure holiday meals feature plenty of vegetables. Choosing high-fiber foods and more vegetable-based dishes can help reduce the amount of calories you consume during the holidays.
Capitalize on the food preparation process. The holidays can be the perfect time to include your kids in the preparations of their favorite dishes. Having your kids help with the meal preparation can allow you the opportunity to teach them about healthier substitutions. For younger kids, you can have them set the table or help prepare salads.
Take the time to organize family activity. Adding physical activity into your holiday is a good way to keep up healthy habits and enjoy quality time together as a family. Plan a post-meal walk around the neighborhood or a visit to the park.
How to make healthier versions of holiday favorites
You and your child can still enjoy holiday treats from time to time, and often, you can find healthier versions of your favorites. Consider some healthy food swaps when planning your holiday meals:
The holiday season is a special time to spend with loved ones. Hopefully, these tips will help you enjoy your time together while still making your health a priority.