Healthy Holiday Treats For December
Healthy holiday treats let you enjoy the flavors of the season without packing on the pounds. Staying fit during the holidays isn't always easy, but sticking to your fitness routine and utilizing your meal management system will help you achieve your goals.
If you love cranberry sauce, forget about all the extra ingredients in canned sauces and other common holiday treats. The healthy way to experience that same tangy cranberry taste is through raw cranberries. Half a cup is 30 calories, 6 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of fiber. A meal management system makes portion control easy, so you don't overdo it. You can also combine raw cranberries with oatmeal for an energizing breakfast.
Turkey, No Skin/No Gravy
Turkey is the dream choice for healthy holiday treats. It's the perfect seasonal meat, and it's naturally low in fat without the skin, with only 1 gram per ounce. Turkey is also a good source of several important nutrients, including B, B1, B6, zinc, potassium, and folic acid. Load up your meal management system with a turkey sandwich, or leftover turkey that's been cooked in as little oil as possible. Pair with cranberries to add a tart flavor element to the turkey.
Veggies And A Healthy Dip
Even holiday veggies tend to be a little more caloric than we'd like, such as the classic green been casserole. Stick to raw veggies instead and make your own dip for holiday treats that are as healthy as they are tasty. Make your own homemade cottage cheese version instead. All you need to do is blend your chosen amount of cottage cheese with either lemon juice or white vinegar (one tablespoon per cup of cottage cheese). That's it! In 2 tablespoons, this dip has only 25 calories compared to sour cream's 65, with much less fat and no sugar either.
Rice is a healthy alternative to the typical bread-based stuffing, and can be easily packed in a meal management system. Wild rice makes a good substitute, and pairs really well with other healthy foods such as mushrooms, almonds, kale, and quinoa. Stuffing makes for healthy holiday treats that are energizing as well as delicious.
Famously known as for their high nutritional content, sweet potatoes are one food that you should add to your meal management system all-year-round. Sweet potatoes are quite possibly the most nutritious of the holiday classics, so they're perfect for healthy holiday treats. Sweet potatoes have powerful antioxidant properties, as well as providing a good amount of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and potassium. Whether you use them in burritos, soup, or a casserole, sweet potatoes just can't be beat.
A meal management system packed with healthy holiday treats in proper portions is key to staying fit during the season. Cranberries provide just the right bite to wake you up in the morning, while turkey keeps you energized throughout the day. Adjust when you eat what to match the time of your workout so you can feel the healthy effects all day long.