ONIE has put together a list of easy, small changes that you can make to for a healthier and active Christmas. You got this!
#1 TIP: Indulge, just a little. Give yourself permission to indulge! At ONIE, our rule is if you don’t really love it, don’t eat it. We plan to eat some of our favorites but pass on other goodies that don’t quite make that list.
#2 TIP: It is a myth to save your calories for that big meal or Christmas Party! Usually it just leads to overeating because you are sooooo hungry! Go ahead and eat a healthy breakfast.
#3 TIP: Stay active in the holiday spirit. We know how busy the holidays can be and for many the kids are out of school. Here are few easy, doable things to stay active:
- Dance to your favorite Christmas music and invite the entire family to join you.
- Walk through the twinkling Christmas lights. Here is a list of trails.
- Walk quickly from your car to the mall or the grocery store (every little bit helps).
- Take the stairs not the escalator!
- Play with the kids!
- Have hula-hoop contests.
- Play “keep the ball up” using a balloon.
- A game of hide and seek is always fun.
- Start a new Christmas tradition with a Christmas-themed indoor scavenger hunt. Kids will use their brains and be active.
- Go for a walk together after a big meal.
- If the recipe calls for mayonnaise, use the same amount of plain yogurt instead. The benefits include fewer calories and less saturated-fat, and as an extra special bonus the yogurt counts toward a serving of dairy and protein.
- Replace half of the flour called for in the recipe with whole wheat flour. This small change with increase the nutrients and add fiber.
- When baking, replace the butter and oil with applesauce. The cake or cookie will be moist and will have only a fraction of the fat.
- Try our ONIE Test Kitchen favorite hot chocolate recipes instead of the packets of mixed ingredients which often contain a lot of sugar.
- Reduce sodium by buying frozen vegetables instead of canned. If you choose canned vegetables, purchase lower-sodium option. You can also reduce up to 41% of the sodium by draining and rinsing before serving.
- Watch out for water-downed turkeys! Many turkeys (and chickens) have been injected with a sodium-solution. You are paying for salt water. Read our blog on picking a bird.
- Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.
- After the meal, put away platters of food to reduce the temptation to go back for more. Instead, keep fresh fruit and vegetables out for nibbling.
- Let kids serve themselves. We tend to add more food than kids can eat. Most kids have a good sense of the right amount of food.
… and last but not least put the emphasis on socializing not eating. It is the fun that we have with friends and family that make our Holidays special, the tasty treats are just part of the experience.
From the ONIE Project