It is now smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, and while there are many things to love about this time of the year, there are downsides too. Staying in shape during the holidays is tough. The weather is cold, rainy and snowy depending on where you are. This makes heading outside for exercise a lot more challenging. Even getting in the car to go to the gym can seem unappealing.
Then there's the diet. If you’ve been working hard to reduce sugar and carbs and eat a healthy and balanced diet, your resolve is sure to be tested this time of the year.
How Can I Eat Healthy During The Holidays?
There will be cookies and fudge at the office. There will be parties with high-calorie foods that may offer little nutritional value. This is the nature of the holidays and, in order to stay on track, you will find yourself having to turn down treats.
Eating healthy should not be about deprivation, just smarter choices. Making sure that you have a good supply of tasty, nutritious holiday foods is the best way to stay fit all season long.
Healthy Holiday Foods
There is no reason you can't enjoy some tasty holiday treats like everyone else. These treats also happen to be healthy:
Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie
This is a tasty treat that is good for you, too. It's got the sweet spiciness of pumpkin pie in a smoothie.
This holiday staple is packed with protein and low in fat. Just don't deep fry it in butter and you’ll be OK.
Skip the butter and marshmallows. Chop them up, drizzle them with olive oil and spices and roast them in the oven for a perfect holiday side dish.
Cranberries are a tasty holiday treat that can be tossed into salads, made into yummy desserts or eaten on their own.
Pecans are loaded with nutrients and can be added to low-fat desserts, salads and stuffing.
Most of your favorite holiday dishes and treats have a healthier counterpart. Avoid frying and avoid too much sugar. Focus on veggies and lean meats and find lower-calorie dessert alternatives. The trick to getting through the holiday's with your waistline intact is to make smart eating choices, and to stay active.
If you’re in a fitness slump, you might benefit from the encouragement of a personal trainer who can design a custom workout for you based on your body type, goals and lifestyle. Contact personal trainer Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club to find out how he can help you.
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