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Navigating the Holiday Feast: Tips and Tricks to Savor the Season


The holiday season is here, and it’s a time to enjoy and celebrate! While it’s a time of year for delicious food, it’s also a time when we tend to overindulge, which can leave us feeling bloated. This year, let’s embark on a journey that will help us enjoy the festive season without any guilt. Here’s how:

1. Pre-Party Snack Attack: Arm Yourself with a Smart Snack

Before you dive into the holiday festivities, fuel your body with a sensible snack. A handful of nuts, a protein-packed yogurt parfait, or some veggies with hummus can take the edge off your hunger and prevent you from pouncing on the cookie platter like a ravenous beast.

2. The 80/20 Rule: Savor, Don’t Devour

Approach the holiday buffet with a strategic mindset. Fill your plate with an 80/20 ratio, favoring wholesome, colorful choices like vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Keep the remaining 20% for those irresistible holiday treats. This way, you can indulge consciously without feeling deprived.

3. Mindful Munching: Savor Each Bite

Have you ever found yourself mindlessly nibbling at the appetizer table? Put down that pig-in-a-blanket and take a moment. Step back from the food, savor each bite, and engage in conversation. In addition to appreciating the food more, you’ll also be more aware of how much you consume.

4. Recipe Reinvention: Light and Luscious

Transform traditional holiday recipes into healthier versions without compromising on flavor. Here are two delectable examples:

  • Cauliflower Mash with Garlic and Herbs: Steam cauliflower florets until tender. Puree with a touch of olive oil, garlic, and your favorite herbs. Voila! Creamy, dreamy, and guilt-free mashed “potato” goodness.
  • Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes: Spiralize zucchini into noodle-like shapes. Toss with homemade pesto (basil, pine nuts, parmesan, garlic, and olive oil). Add a burst of frehness with cherry tomatoes.

5. Sip Smart: Sparkling Cranberry Mocktail

Delight your tastebuds with a festive, low-calorie mocktail. Combined sparkling water with unsweetened cranberry juice, a splash of lime, and garnish with fresh cranberries and a sprig of mint. Cheers to guilt-free toasting!

Going Beyond Food

Remember, the holidays are about more than just indulging in culinary delights; they’re about joy, connection, and creating cherished memories. By incorporating these tips and tantalizing recipes, you can revel in the festivities without the post-holiday regret.

We wish you a season filled with good company, laughter, and delicious, mindful bites!

Written by Amanda Herlocker MS, RDN, LDN, The Queen City Dietitian, LLC @ ModernWeigh