Indulge in Holiday Treats Without Overindulging!

With the holidays coming up, we all want to be able to enjoy that delicious turkey dinner as well as the pies and other goodies that come a long with it, and just because you’re dieting doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your thanksgiving or the treats as well. Try these tips so you don’t tip the scale!

1. Try using a smaller plate:

Eating from the deli plate is such an easy way to pack down the food before your meal. Use a small plate to put your food on and don’t be tempted to go back for seconds!

2. Limit the alcoholic drinks:

Limit yourself to one serving of alcohol throughout the night. Excessive drinking is a great way to put on a beer belly and sabotage anyone’s diet!

3. When entertaining:

If you’re the one making the main course, try to use lean meats and whole grains. People won’t know the difference and you can eat whatever you’re making guilt free!

4. Eat Soup:

Choose broth based and vegetable based soups to fill you up with fewer calories with instead of cream based soups like potato soup, clam chowder, even broccoli and cheese soup.

5. Fall drinks:

Hot chocolate, pumpkin-spice lattes, eggnog, apple cider, and hot toddies — are a quick and easy way to take in lots of extra calories. A cup of homemade hot cocoa (without whipped cream) has 190 calories. One 8-oz cup of eggnog packs 340 calories. Try a hot cup of green or flavored tea, rich with antioxidants and calorie-free.

Try this sugar free recipe for Hot Apple Cider!

Makes:  About 5 cups
Prep Time:  10 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups boiling WATER
The Republic of Tea® RED TEA CARAMEL APPLE or HOT APPLE CIDER TEA BAGS (the Red Tea rocks!)
3 additional cups WATER
2 tablespoons BRAGG ORGANIC RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
30 drops NUNATURALS PURE LIQUID VANILLA STEVIA (or your favorite stevia) to taste

Directions:

1. In a large glass jar, pour boiling water over tea bags and steep 5-7 minutes.

2. Remove tea bags (sometimes I just leave them in) and add remaining ingredients.

3. Serve warm or chilled over ice.

The Republic of Tea® states that both teas referenced in this post are gluten-free. As is always recommended, read labels at time of purchase.

6. Caramel Apples

Instead of eating an entire caramel apple, try slicing up the apple and dipping it into low fat caramel.

7. Mashed Potatoes:

All that butter, heavy cream, and whole milk help cram about 240 calories into one cup. Ladle on 1/4 cup of fatty gravy and you’re close to 300 calories in a side dish. To eat fewer calories, savor 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes, without gravy. Or experiment with newer, calorie-conscious recipes for better mashed potatoes.

8. Root Veggies with Extra Fat Please!

Roots like yams and sweet potatoes are super-nutritious, but you quadruple the calories when you mix them with cheese, cream, butter, canned soups, or bacon. A sweet potato casserole can easily have 500 calories per serving — 400 more than a simple roasted sweet potato. Slash the calorie count by eating root veggies oven-roasted or grilled.

9. Pies Pies and more Pies!

Skip the crust and eat the filling, also remember once gain… PORTION CONTROL! Cut yourself only a small sliver!

10. Veggies

Fill up on fruits and veggies before eating anything else. This will help you eat less treats and mashed potatoes!

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