As the Holidays get closer and closer its becoming harder and harder to stay on the healthy track. With all those sugary treats, shopping after work, hanging decorations, and Holiday parties its easy to see why this time of year tends to pack on the pounds instead of help you shed them.
The trick with the Holidays is to not get caught up in the moment. Don’t get me wrong I have already had a cookie or two this season but I make sure that I don’t go past that. I set limits and stay strong!
My goal for this post is to help everybody maintain their weight during the holidays instead of gain. People tend to start throwing all their hard work out the window once they see what the holidays have done to them but I am hear to tell you to stay strong. Even if you do eat a cookie or two.
This is a sure fire list to help keep you on the right track this holiday season. If you know what your putting in your mouth and what not too it will be a lot easier.
First Things First – DIET
Portion Control – It is tempting to overload on our favorite holiday foods but try to keep your portions under control and avoid seconds.
STOP SNACKING – I know, its so hard not to try all those yummy items spread out on the table, but don’t. Avoid those snacks and treats. Those are the ones with the worst nutrients and the ones that will pack on the pounds.
Water – If you are at a party or sitting down to Holiday Dinner than make sure to have the water glass near. If you drink water while you eat or in between drinks it will help fill you up as well as keep you from taking on more calories than you need.
Don’t Fast – As a girl I totally understand how our minds work. We think that if we fast all day or for a couple days before the big holiday party we will fit into that LBD. Wrong, if you fast then when you get to the party you will be the one by yourself at the snack table. If you eat healthy your body will burn off that food before you get to the party!
Stay Positive – The Holidays are supposed to be about spending time with loved ones but it is also the time for our wallets to take a big hit. Decorations, presents, food, new outfits…it all adds up. The best thing to do is make a budget, re-vamp and old outfit-most tailors cost less than $20 and you would be amazed at the New/Old dress you get to wear! Less stress=Less eating!
Healthy Party Foods – If your the one throwing the party then start a new tradition of healthy holiday foods. Re-vamp those old foods into something that tastes just as good with half the calories. Trust me people will be thanking you!
Shift Focus – For some reason the holidays are focused around food. Shift the focus from food to family activities, games, singing or anything else that people would like to do.
Make Time – One excuse that always gets used during the holidays is “No Time”, I will admit I have used this once or twice, but its just an excuse. There is 24 hours in a day 8 for work, 8 for sleeping and 8 for yourself…give or take a few depending on your job and schedule. If you can’t find time to exercise after work then take your lunch to get crazy. 30 minutes is enough to give you a good burn!
Schedule the Time – Talk to your significant other, babysitter, parents or children and tell them that you need 1 hour to do your thing. If you have kids incorporate them into your workouts! If you schedule it into your day it will be easier to make time!
Walks – Going for walks, especially after big meals makes a huge deal in weight gain or loss. Helping use up those fats stored after a large meal will help you wake up as well as slim down!
Drinks with Creamy or Chocolate in the Name – These drinks are a recipe for disaster. Just like those loaded coffees, loaded alcohol is twice as much sugar.
EGGNOG – This drink seems to be a favorite around the Holidays but all those eggs, milk and sugar will add lots of pounds. Eggnog is considered one of the most fattening holiday cocktails…just a thought!
WHITE RUSSIAN – These little beauties may taste good but man will they make you blow up. With all the creamy coffee liquor and milk these babes are just as deadly as they are yummy.
MUDSLIDE – I think the name says it all!
FRUITY COCKTAILS – Most fruity cocktails are not made with 100% juice, so instead of being a healthy option they turn into a bad mistake.
These are a list of drinks to avoid during your holiday parties!
These are some of my favorite holiday drinks and recipes
The Fizz-Tini- 152 calories, 7.3 grams sugar. The fizz-tini blends peppermint schnapps, vanilla vodka, and a totally unique candy cane seltzer for a grown-up minty brew.
1 oz. Dekuyper Peppermint Schnapps
1 oz. Three Olives Vanilla Vodka
3 oz. Polar Candy Cane Seltzer
Crushed candy cane for garnish
Wet rim of martini glass with peppermint schnapps and dip into crushed candy cane. Combine schnapps and vodka in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, strain into martini glass. Top with Polar Candy Cane Seltzer, taking care not to bruise the bubbles.
Skinny Nog – 194 calories, 11.5 grams sugar. Give eggnog a much-needed makeover using a naturally calorie-free seltzer with no added sugar, sodium, or preservatives. The seltzer’s limited edition seasonal flavor gives this tipple all the richness of a typical eggnog without the extra fat.
1 oz. Maker Mark 46 Bourbon
1 oz. Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum
1 tbsp. maple syrup
2 oz. whole milk
4 oz. Polar Eggnog Seltzer
1 tbsp. ground nutmeg for garnish
Combine all ingredients, except the seltzer, in a blender and process until foamy and aerated (you can always froth by hand in cocktail shaker with vigorous shaking). Add crushed ice and swirl to chill. Strain into a large wine goblet, top with Polar Eggnog Seltzer. Garnish with a grating of nutmeg.
White Asian – 110 calories, 2.8 grams sugar. This recipe puts a healthier twist on the White Russian by replacing heavy cream and sugary syrup with fat-free evaporated milk and a calorie-conscious soju (a popular distilled Korean liquor). The drink mingles delicate flavors for an explosion of still-creamy goodness.
2.5 oz. TY KU Soju
1 oz. Da Vinci’s Sugar-Free Kahlua-flavored syrup
Splash of fat-free evaporated milk
Pour ingredients together and stir.
Skinny Slide – 126 calories, 2.5 grams sugar. Using ingredients like low-cal soju and light agave water, this skinny spin on a traditional mudslide will still satiate your sweet tooth.
1.5 oz. TY KU Soju
2 oz. skim milk
0.5 oz. Irish whiskey
1/2 tsp. light agave water (equal parts agave diluted with warm water)
Pour ingredients together and stir.
Skinny Clementine Martini
Pucker Flavored Vodka French 75
Holiday Cranberry Margarita
Skinny Spiked Cider
So keep this list in your mind as the Holiday continue to approach us. This season doesn’t have to be dreaded! It can still be as amazing as we want it to be as well as keep us healthy!
Drink Recipes by www.shape.com