Healthy holiday eating doesn’t mean depriving yourself of special occasion treats. To make the best choices for your health and your taste buds, I’ll be posting one tip a day to inspire and motivate you throughout December.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday, food is often a big part of the celebration. In fact, holiday food often has a special place in our hearts. Who doesn’t love the buttery shortbread cookies that grandma makes for Christmas? Or the cornbread stuffing that dad’s famous for?
For many, healthy eating during the holidays is challenging. Maybe you tend to overeat despite your best intentions. Maybe you’re consumed with guilt about eating foods that aren’t “healthy”. Unfortunately, skipping out on the holidays isn’t always an option. If this sounds familiar, this blog series was made for you!
Follow my tips to eat in a balanced way this Christmas season (with a little room for indulgence, of course!)
Dec 1: Kick cravings with a protein powered breakfast
Start off the holidays right with a protein rich breakfast. Research suggests that compared to breakfasts high in carbohydrates but low in protein, high protein breakfasts increases your sense of satiety throughout the day (1). This means that when that special holiday lunch or dinner rolls around, you’ll be less likely to overeat.
Try one of these scrumptious ideas in the morning:
- 1/3 cup steel cut oatmeal cooked in milk + 1 tbsp nut butter + 1 tbsp hemp / flax/ chia seeds
- Chai spiced granola parfait + cut up fresh mango slices
- Breakfast wrap: 1/4 sliced cucumber + 1/4 cup hummus inside 6 inch flour tortilla
- 30 g cheddar cheese + ½ sliced avocado on whole grain bagel
- 1 scrambled egg + 1 slice whole grain toast + soy milk
Start this healthy holiday season with a protein powered breakfast!
You got this!
(1) Fallaize, R. R. (06/2013). European journal of nutrition: Variation in the effects of three different breakfast meals on subjective satiety and subsequent intake of energy at lunch and evening meal. Springer. doi:10.1007/s00394-012-0444-z