The holiday season for most means more get-togethers with friends and family and more opportunities to eat and drink. Use these tips to enjoy yourself this holiday season without overdoing it!
- Always include vegetables and choose to eat them first. This makes sure you actually eat your vegetables, and since they’re high in nutrients and fiber, it ensures you’re getting them in your holiday meal!
- Savor every bite. Making sure to savor the food you’re eating will not only allow you to truly taste and enjoy what you’re eating but also make you more mindful of how much you’re eating.
- Do NOT skip meals. Skipping meals never leads to anything good. Usually after missing meals, your body gets so hungry that you tend to overeat later in the day and lose control, making conscious decisions on what and how much you’re eating. Instead, fill up on protein and veggies plus lots of water beforehand to make sure you’re not setting yourself up to overeat.
- Eat what you love. When you are faced with food that’s more abundant than you’re used to, and probably more savory, it’s easy to want to eat everything and anything. Instead, eat the foods you actually like–not everything just because it is in front of you. This allows you to eat what you want and are capable of eating in a more intuitive rather than restrictive manner.
- Alternate between water and alcohol. Alcohol can be just as bad for you as the food during your holiday get-togethers. Make sure you are staying hydrated so you are feeling your best.
- Make time for physical activity. Get out and get some fresh air! Take your family and friends along with you to make it fun but make sure to get some movement in between all the festivities.
- Think about the people not the food. This is one of my favorite tips to share with others. Holidays are about the people you share them with and the memories you make. If you are stressing out about what to eat and how much, you are missing out on the true reason for the holidays. Savor every moment with the ones you love, and while doing so, eat the foods you love but don’t focus all of your attention on that.
- Offer to bring a healthy dish. If you’re concerned that your holiday gathering may not have anything healthy for you to enjoy, then offer to bring it yourself! This allows you to have an opportunity to get in some vegetables and nutrients and help those around you get some as well.
The holidays are meant to be cherished, shared with the ones you love the most and memorable. Enjoy delicious meals together without ruining your healthy eating habits by taking some of these tips along with you during this holiday season!
Holiday Breakfast Casserole
Try this delicious veggie and protein packed meal as an easy and healthy prep-ahead meal for your next holiday!
- 2 tbsp butter
- 6 pieces of bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cups of baby spinach
- 10 large eggs
- 3 cups of milk
- 8 cups of cubed bread (I used gluten-free)
- 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese
- 1 tsp garlic
- dash of salt and pepper
- In a large skillet melt 2 tbsp butter over medium heat. Add the bacon and onion and cook until the onion is soft. Add the spinach and cook until just wilted (2 minutes or so).
- Whisk together the eggs and milk, seasoning with garlic, salt and pepper.
- In a large cast iron skillet or baking dish, scatter half of the bread and top with half of the spinach mixture and half of the cheese. Repeating again to top off with the remaining bread, spinach mixture and cheese.
- Pour the egg mixture over top and press the bread down to submerge.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes – cover if it begins to brown too soon.