Healthy Holiday Eating

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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.