STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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5.  Egg salad. For real staying power, eat a combination of good protein and a little bit of fat. A homemade egg salad fits the bill. Chop one whole egg and one egg white and mix them with a tablespoon of reduced-fat mayonnaise.


One goal of eating healthy snacks is to ensure you get more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat milk products. You can make smart snack choices by finding healthier substitutes for high- fat snacks. For example, if you like potato chips and creamy dips, try having baked tortilla chips with hummus or bean dip instead. Other healthy snacks include yogurt, string cheese, popcorn, whole-wheat crackers, unsalted nuts, pretzels, baby carrots and cherry tomatoes. You can mix fresh or frozen berries with low-fat yogurt or top whole-grain crackers with low-fat cottage cheese and sliced tomatoes or red pepper strips. Fresh or canned fruit mixed with cottage cheese is another healthy snacking option. Or make a cheese quesadilla with a corn or whole wheat tortilla, shredded cheese and salsa.


Another great snack idea is to wrap a slice of smoked salmon around an asparagus spear. Smoked salmon is rich in omega-3 fats that contribute to

When it comes to snacking, we often think of foods that are high in added fats or sugar. But there are many other snack options if you choose wisely. Regardless of how many snacks your meal plan includes, the key to controlling blood glucose and avoiding weight gain is portion size. Here are some healthy snack ideas for diet success:


1.  Almonds and raspberries. Combine nine almonds with a handful of raspberries. Because they are high in protein, almonds are ideal for sating the appetite. They are also rich in monounsaturated fats and a good source of vitamin E. However, they are high in calories, so combining them with a handful of raspberries makes for a healthy snack.


2.  Homemade trail mix. This combination of walnuts, mini chocolate chips and raisins is a satisfying, healthy snack for a dieter – if portion sizes are kept in check.


3.  Apple slices with low-fat cheese. Fruits and vegetables are great choices for diet-friendly snacking. Apples are packed with fiber, water and antioxidants. Cheese gives you the calcium your bones need.


4.  Tomato soup with baby carrots. A mini-meal snack is a good idea when dinner is a long way off. The combination of soup and carrots is not just filling; it also gives you lots of body-healthy nutrients such as potassium, cancer- fighting lycopene and beta carotene.  

HEALTHY SNACKS ENSURE DIET SUCCESS

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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healthy brain function and helps the heart, joints and general well-being. Asparagus is rich in soluble fiber, which is known to have an effect on degenerative heart disease. Even better, asparagus is a great source of the plant pigment rutin, which, together with vitamin C, can help energize you and protect your body from infection. If you carry healthy snacks already prepared with you, it’s unlikely you would choose to eat a bag of chips or a candy bar.


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