Great Holiday Food Swaps

Food, food, it’s everywhere!  OK, so we are in the middle of, by most counts, the most difficult time of the year with regard to food availability, parties, beverages, and good old overindulgence.  For many of us, the holiday season is the most difficult with regard to keeping our weight in check.  However, we do often have choices.  Here are some ideas that can help battle the bulge during this zany time of the year:

Rule #1, don’t go to a party hungry.  Rule #2, don’t hang out by the food.  Coming hungry and standing by the spread, can lead to a gastronomical disaster.  When you do have something to eat, hear are some suggestions.  Instead of cheese and crackers go for the shrimp cocktail.  Instead of grabbing that drumstick, go after some ham.  Choose the sweet potatoes over the mashed.  A piece of pumpkin pie is roughly 200 calories less than a piece of pecan pie.  Instead of a White Russian, settle for a glass of wine or light beer.  Opt for hot chocolate over eggnog.  Each one of these swaps will save between 150 and 350 calories.  Remember it all adds up.  A little of this and a little of that and before your know it, we wake up to a New Year’s resolution.

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