With an assortment of foods I love, how do I enjoy them without overindulging in them? Simple. Sample, don’t stuff. If you can’t decide just what to eat first, go ahead and enjoy all the foods you love, but just take a few bites of each. And don’t just eat it because it’s there. I know when I find myself as a guest I feel obligated to eat my plate clean, so to speak. Stop when you’re full. I promise you won’t hurt feelings and if you proportion your plate right you wouldn’t have to worry about tossing anything.
Additionally, don’t drink your calories. Often we load up on empty calories via our favorite drinks instead opt for calorie free options like; tea, sparkling water, coffee etc. when possible.
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Since the most difficult part for me during the holidays is keeping the calories to a minimum, I am using some of the recipes featured on the site for low calorie weekly meal planning, benefiting me and my family.
Sauteed Chicken Breast with Asparagus
What you need:
2 chicken breast
4 cloves garlic, halved
1 pound asparagus
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon rosemary
Freshly ground pepper
1.Filet chicken breasts to create 4 very thin pieces.
2.Trim and cut asparagus into 1 inch pieces. In a small pot, steam asparagus in 1/2 inch of water until tender (less than 5 minutes).
3.In a separate skillet, saute chicken in 2 batches in olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and rosemary until cooked through (about 3 minutes on each side).
4.Remove chicken and flash-dry asparagus in the same pan.
Delish! Often we think sacrificing low calorie must mean we are sacrificing taste. Not true. In fact, this holiday season has been a real eye opener for me when it comes to delicious recipe with healthier options like spreads instead of butter etc. Even TV Personality and busy mom of two, Samantha Harris agrees. Just take a look at her number #1 tip for fighting the fat this holiday season, along with some other beneficial tips.
- Snack Often. Have healthy snacks at hand to help keep you from reaching for holiday goodies. Apples, low-fat string cheese and baby carrots are low-fat and easy to pack! Have a sweet tooth? Try a small peppermint candy (fat-free!) to satisfy your temptation.
- Exercise. Exercise. Exercise. Finding small ways to fit in physical activity can help maintain your weight and energy throughout the season. Going holiday shopping? Park the car in the farthest spot from the store entrance. Cooking? Work your legs with squats while waiting for the water to boil.
- Plan Ahead. Going to a holiday party? Eat a low-fat snack at home to help you stay on track and avoid over-indulging in unhealthy choices.Keep Stress Levels Low. Eating healthy and being physically active can play a big part in keeping holiday stress at bay.
- Keeping stress levels low also may help prevent weight gain. Try to find a time in a busy day to take a few minutes for exercise, deep breathing, or eat a healthy, low-fat snack.
What tips do you have to fight the holiday fat?
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