For many, the holidays mark a time for celebration, friends, family and food. Unfortunately, traditional holiday fare can be high in fat and calories. Not to worry, it’s still possible to enjoy holiday cuisine without putting a damper on your weight loss goals.
This year, take the focus of the holiday off food. Instead, take time to reunite with friends and family and enjoy the pleasures of the holiday with tips from Jenny Craig.
While food is an important element of celebrating the season, it’s not the only part. Know that you can entertain for the holidays and still stay on track with your weekly action plan.
To set yourself up for success, plan your entertaining events to include a combination of food and non-food activities. One benefit of hosting a seasonal celebration is that you can be in charge of both. This will make it easier to follow your meal plan – and you might even come up with your own creative holiday traditions!
The key to successful entertaining is planning, and it helps to simplify, both in terms of meal planning and recipes.
Prepare your grocery list in advance and shop on a full stomach.
Create hors d’oeuvres trays using colorful, seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as grapes, wild mushrooms, artichokes, chestnuts and acorn squash. Partner veggies with a low-fat dip served in scooped out bell peppers.
With careful planning and a little creativity, you can enjoy traditional holiday foods and still stick to a healthful eating plan.
Begin your meal with a vegetable salad.
Fill your plate with a variety of roasted, seasonal vegetables: carrots, mushrooms, acorn squash, eggplant and zucchini. Top vegetables with a splash of lemon juice or fresh herbs instead of butter.
Serve low-calorie beverages, such as sparkling water, iced tea or diet soda in fancy goblets. Add a splash of light cranberry juice to these drinks to give them some pizzazz.
Don’t Skip Meals
You may be tempted to skip breakfast and “save” all of your calories for the big feast but you could be setting yourself up to overeat. Remember to have breakfast, lunch and a snack, and follow your menu plan for the day so that when dinner comes around, you won’t be starving and more likely to overdo it.
After all is said and done, it’s most important to remember that holiday celebrations are people events at which food happens to be present—not the other way around!
The Jenny Craig program is designed to provide structure and support to help members lose weight and learn how to keep it off. Jenny Craig’s program provides nutritionally-balanced menus, which include more than 100 delicious entrees, desserts and snacks developed by dietitians, nutritionists, and professional chefs along with one-on-one personal support from a consultant.
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