Being mindful about your diet doesn’t necessarily have to mean depriving
yourself during the holidays. You can still serve your family’s
traditional favorites; simply lighten them up a little to reduce the total
calories, fat, sugar, and sodium. If you have a health condition that
necessitates following a special diet, such as diabetes, consider talking
to a doctor at Good Samaritan Hospital for
dietary guidance. Our community hospital is your partner in preventive wellness.
Offer Light Appetizers
For your holiday parties, offer appetizers such as a bowl of mixed nuts
and a tray of fresh fruit. Create a festive vegetable platter with red
and green pepper slices, jicama strips, and zucchini rounds. Place a bowl
of roasted red pepper hummus in the center.
Prepare Nutritious Entrees and Sides
When choosing your holiday turkey or ham, look for reduced-sodium options.
Prepare healthier gravy with reduced-sodium broth and defatted pan juices.
Add just a drizzle of gravy to your plate to keep your calorie count low.
Instead of serving mashed potatoes with butter, consider serving roasted
sweet potatoes or sweet potato wedges. Serve other tempting vegetable
side dishes, such as roasted Brussels sprouts served with lemon or sautéed
carrots lightly seasoned with olive oil and herbs.
Lighten Up Your Holiday Desserts
If your family has a sweet tooth, consider preparing lighter holiday desserts.
You can substitute many ingredients in baked goods recipes, such as applesauce
instead of butter, whole grain flour instead of white, and dried fruit
instead of chocolate chunks. Consider downsizing traditional desserts
such as pies and cakes. Make them in cupcake tins instead to facilitate
portion control. If you’re baking edible gifts for friends and family,
wrap up the treats as soon as they cool off and deliver them right away
to prevent yourself from sampling them.
For more healthy recommendations, consider speaking with a physician at
Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose. Our state-of-the-art community hospital is pleased to provide
exceptional cardiac care, emergency care, maternity care, and labor and
delivery services. You can contact our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 724-2362.