Secrets To Eating Healthy For the Holidays
With the holidays approaching so do foods you only eat on the holidays. You may be saying to yourself, “But I’m on a diet”. Just because you have chosen a healthier eating lifestyle for yourself doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of the foods you love at a holiday meal.
One of the easiest things you can do this holiday season to make sure you don’t go over board on eating is to divide your plate in to sections visually in your head. Half of your plate should be dedicated for vegetables. One fourth of your plate for protein, and the other fourth for starches such as mashed potatoes or stuffing.
Thankfully with Thanksgiving coming up, and turkey generally being the main source of protein on this holiday we’re in luck when it comes to healthier eating. Turkey is fairly low in calories and is a relatively lean protein. Contrary to popular belief the caloric and fat values in white meat and dark meat are minimally different. According to the Department of Agriculture one ounce of boneless, skinless white meat turkey contains around forty-six calories and one gram of fat, while the same amount of dark meat contains about fifty calories and two grams of fat. So if you are a dark meat lover, but eat white meat because you are afraid the dark meat isn’t as good for you, the difference is so minor you shouldn’t deprive yourself of what you like.
Why is Dark Meat Dark?
Dark meat derives from the fact that like chickens, turkeys are flightless birds and get around by walking on their feet. The meat gets dark because the muscles contain a compound called myoglobin which enables muscles to transport oxygen. The more myoglobin the muscles have the darker the meat will be. Dark meat also contains more iron, zinc, riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamins B6 and B12.
Starchy items should be kept to a half of a cup portion size or the equivalent to the size of a half of a baseball. Be picky when choosing your starch. Try to choose things that you would only normally eat on holidays. Things such as stuffing. Your likelihood to eating things like mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes or anything of the such throughout the year is far greater than other items being offered that day. Any vegetable casserole should be considered a starch.
A typical nine-inch pie should be cut into eight slices. One slice of pie or some other type of dessert is fine. However, if there is more of a variety like there generally is chose wisely. Desserts tend to be pretty high in calories, which in turn will boost your calorie consumption for the day through the roof.
Some other factors to keep in mind is the snacking you do before dinner, also known as hidden calories. Beverages, the cheese and cracker spread, vegetable tray, fruit tray, etc. all have a caloric value to them . Just something to be mindful of if you are really trying to stay vigilant in what you are consuming.
You don’t have to skip things you enjoy to eat because it’s the holiday. If you stay mindful of what you are putting on your plate and how much you are putting on your plate you can eat what everyone else is.
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