It is normal for people to let down their hair and pig out each holiday season. However, in the interest of one’s health, it is important to take the necessary precaution by not over indulging in either drinking or eating.
In other words, one should seek to put healthy living into one’s lifestyle, holidays or not.
Now, if you’re wondering how to put some’ healthy’ in your holidays this year, here are some simple tricks from the American Heart Association.
- When cooking, use herbs and spices like rosemary and cloves to flavor dishes instead of butter and salt.
- Use olive oil instead of butter, even in your mashed potatoes.
- Bake, grill, or steam vegetables instead of frying.
- Choose whole grain breads.
- When baking, substitute no-sugar added applesauce for butter.
- Use extracts like vanilla, almond, and peppermint to add flavor.
- Substitute low-fat or skim milk for heavy cream.
- Use half white, half whole-wheat flour.
Outside of the kitchen… move a little more than usual and get enough sleep. Increasing exercise helps combat those extra calories and retiring a bit earlier can help you get enough shut-eye per night.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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