First Thanksgiving, now Christmas, then New Years. It is that time of year to get nice and round and then once January is over, hit the gym like crazy. Here are some tips to have a healthy holiday dinner that everyone can live to enjoy.
1) Try baking the meat in a wire rack, this allows the extra fat on the meat to drain off.
2) Try not to use salted peanuts. Instead, use raw nuts like walnuts, almonds and cashews. They are healthier in terms of providing protein, minerals and the healthy kind of fat.
3) If you make mince pie, try to make it open-top to cut down the calorie count by half.
4) Check out what vegetables are in season and make great side-dishes. Not only will this save you money but also throw some nutrients in the mix instead of just inhaling ham and beef fat.
5) If you’re going to bake apple pie, use fresh apples from your local market instead of the waxed ones bought in stores.
6) Speaking of apples, have some fruit around the table as a healthy snack and appetizer while the kids are waiting for the meal to cook. You’d be surprise at how a small change can make a big difference
7) Of course, a clean kitchen is a healthy one. With flu going around, make sure you wash your hands often and also the surfaces of what you use to cook on. You don’t want everyone catching the same cold because of the lack of cleaning.
8) Drink water of course, avoid the sugary soda. Wine for the adults along with the meal is fine, it is a healthier option than beer.
Fun fact: We use Douglas Fir as our Christmas tree because it is known as the Evergreen tree. Christmas originally was celebrating the birth of Jesus and the Evergreen tree is known as the tree of life because of its ability to stay green all year long regardless of the weather.
Published by: Susana