Fact: The holidays are busy, and health usually takes a back seat.
If you’re trying to keep up with last minute holiday shopping and a long list of events on top of your regular, hectic schedule, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself with a healthy diet and regular exercise. This strategy is your best defense against holiday burn out, colds and the flu and stress.
Save time and eat healthy during the holidays with these tips from Healthy Dining’s dietitians:
- Pre-cut and pre-prepared are well worth the additional cost this month if it keeps you healthy and energized. Pick up bags of cut vegetables for snacking on the go, pre-cooked chicken or turkey breast for sandwiches and salads and pre-prepared frozen and deli entrées made with vegetables and lean proteins for meals. Mix and match ingredients to build a tempting dinner or grab-and-go lunch.
- Get help. Split up meal planning and preparation duties and stick to potlucks for larger get-togethers. Don’t be afraid to suggest healthier dishes guests can bring to prevent duplicates and give everyone a healthy boost.
- Restaurants rule! From family dinners to breakfast on the run, restaurants are always a great choice for a healthy meal without the preparation and clean up. Call ahead to save even more time. Most restaurants provide takeout and catering options, and many offer discounts and specials on catering for the holidays.
- Think big. If you’re cooking a healthy meal, double the recipe. If you’re ordering a meal from your favorite restaurant, order extra. Freeze the extra portions for a quick meal in the weeks to come, or use the leftovers to save time on lunch the following day.
- Move whenever and wherever you can. Try a few minutes of do-anywhere exercises like squats or wall pushups during your work day, do an extra power lap around the mall after your shopping is done, or mingle instead of sit at the next party. Exercise is good for both body and mind, and just a few minutes here and there throughout the day will really add up.
Treat yourself well this holiday season with more time and less stress. How do you save time and eat healthy during the holidays?