2. Offer to bring a healthy dish. This strategy not only provides you with a guaranteed healthy option, but your host will greatly appreciate the help. (See healthy recipe ideas at end of this post).
Many people have a mental block when it comes to holiday eating. Have you ever heard or said any of these?
- The “feel good” factor. Loading the body with chocolate and sugary food releases serotonin, the “feel good” hormone.
- The “holiday food shortage” mentality. “This is the only time of year I get to eat this food!”
- Sentimental value food. “This reminds me of home.” or “This tastes just like mom’s.”
- The “I don’t want to offend anyone by turning down their food” excuse.
- “I’ll start eating better after the holidays,” blockade.
- “I’ll just have one…” disaster.Review your cooking methods. This may help you cut some extra calories, which in turn lets you have that extra bite.
- Invest in lower fat ingredients for cooking. If lower fat ingredients are used it will be hard to tell the difference in the overall flavor of your food. By simply swapping regular ingredients, foods, and drinks you can make a big cut back on the amount of calories and fat you consume.
- Look into better ways to prepare your food. These days there is no excuse to not prepare foods in a healthy way. Instead of frying, grill your food. If you are roasting, use a low calorie oil spray. Try steaming vegetables to retain nutrients and flavor.
- Be wary of sugary foods. Remember that rich, sugary foods have a nasty habit of making us crave even more rich and sugary foods. By practicing healthy eating over the holidays and throwing in regular exercise, you can expect to have more energy and fewer cravings.
- Don’t forget to exercise. Most people have a little extra time available over the holiday season when they are not at work or in classes. Take this opportunity to develop a regular exercise regime. This will help to burn off the excess calories and fat consumed over this period. It will also get you into the habit of exercising so that you can continue after the holiday season is over.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Place green beans on sheet in a single layer and spray tops with additional cooking spray. Roast for 15 minutes or until tender.
- Combine almonds, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in food processor and process until roughly chopped. Spoon over green beans before serving.