Healthy Holiday Eating
The University of Michigan Health System gives these tips to help survive a holiday party:
# Stick to appetizers that help you meet the recommended food pyramid guideline of five or more servings of vegetables and fruits a day, such as crudités and antipasto.
# Choose the high-fiber selections on the buffet. Besides fruit and vegetables, choose hors d'oeuvres that contain whole grains and/or legumes.
# Limit high fat choices, such as fried chicken wings, miniature sausages, and most cheeses.
# To satiate your palate, contrast flavors and textures—crunchy, smooth, hot, cold, spicy.
# Try the following instead of the usual high-calorie holiday drinks at a cocktail party: Seltzer mixed with fruit juices; sparkling apple juice or apple cider; hot apple cider; flavored, calorie-free water; or low sodium vegetable juice.