7 Tips for Healthy Holidays

Want to maintain weight, stay healthy, feel good, and enjoy the holidays? Follow these tips for your healthiest holiday season!

adorable-animal-animal-photography-7918621. Get sleep and rest. Have some wind-down time each day. Read, take a bath, watch a light TV show, do some yoga, meditate. Stick with a regular sleep schedule.

2. Stay active. Go to the gym, try skiing, walk, snow shoe, ice skate, or do some indoor youtube workout videos. Caution: don’t use your exercise as an excuse to binge on Christmas cookies or 5 glasses of egg nog. It’s not likely you’ll burn that many calories. But it certainly helps with stress management and keeps you away from food for a bit.

buffet-chicken-cooking-5938.jpg3. Bring a healthy dish to pass at holiday parties. That way, you’ll KNOW there’ll be something healthy there that you can eat. There’s always the classic salad or veggie tray, or you can try one of these ideas.

4. Limit alcohol. Save yourself some calories, embarrassment, and a hangover.

5. Focus on faith, family, and friends, not food. Watch a movie with the fam, craft with friends, play a game, go to church, share stories, go for a walk, play in the snow. Unhealthy food is not required to have a good time!

drink-drinking-female-14586716. Drink water. This will keep you hydrated, fend off cravings and make you feel more satisfied.

7. Make it a holiday meal, not a holiday month. You might have 10 Christmas parties to attend, but that doesn’t mean you need to go hog-wild at each of them. Strategize your splurges. Maybe you wait all year for Aunt Mary’s Christmas cannoli, but you’re not too keen on office party cookies. Leave the cookies alone and enjoy the cannoli.

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Favorite Recipe Friday: Orange Pomegranate Salad

Need to take a dish to pass to Thanksgiving this year? This salad makes a light, sweet and tangy side. It looks like a lot of steps, but it really doesn’t take long at all!

And look at how pretty and colorful it is!

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For almonds:
1 tsp. butter
2 tsp. honey
½ c. sliced almonds

For dressing:
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. honey
2 tsp. dried ginger
¼ c. olive oil
1 tsp. poppy seeds
pinch of salt
pinch of freshly ground black pepper

For rest of salad:
4 c. mixed greens (spinach, arugula, etc.)
3 medium oranges, peeled and cut into eighths
½ c. pomegranate seeds

Directions:

For the almonds:
1. Melt butter in a medium size, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add honey and stir to combine.
2. Add the almonds and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently until almonds are golden brown.
3. Spray a piece of aluminum foil with non-stick cooking spray, and spread almonds out onto foil to cool.

For the dressing:
Mix dressing ingredients together.

For the salad:
Place greens in a large salad bowl. Top with orange slices and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with dressing (you don’t need all of it) and sprinkle almonds over the top.