Holiday help

  • Charlyn Fargo
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6:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 Food
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Want to avoid gaining a few extra pounds this holiday season? Be mindful of what you're bringing to a party and what you're eating. This time of year offers almost daily temptation to add extra calories as parties become numerous along with platters of rich and delicious seasonal foods. 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a few tips to keep from added pounds. If you are hosting a gathering this holiday season and want to lighten up your offerings without sacrificing taste, try swapping out a few ingredients in your favorite recipes. 

Pack your shopping cart with plenty of fresh vegetables including sweet potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, carrots and green beans. Apples, cranberries and pears combine easily for a tasty salad, fruit crisp or topping for the turkey. 

If you are a guest at a dinner party or other gathering, consider these tips to keep your night healthy, happy and safe: 

When it comes to drinking alcohol, satisfy your thirst before having an alcoholic drink by starting with water. Moderate alcohol consumption is defined as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks for men. Keep in mind, even a single drink will affect your reflexes for several hours. If you plan to drink, keep your holidays merry for everyone by designating a driver who won't be drinking. 

The holidays are a great time for gathering with friends and family over food and drinks. With just a little preparation, you can enjoy celebratory foods mindfully and still experience all that the season has to offer -- without gaining an extra pound 

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