The holidays are a time to celebrate friendships and family, and food! The holiday season can also be incredibly hectic. It's all too easy to grab an unhealthy snack during the holiday rush, but it can be just as easy to choose a healthy holiday snack when you're on the go.
Despite your good intentions, it's all too easy to break your healthy eating habit during the holidays. Office parties, holiday baking at home, tempting sights and scents at the mall, temptation is everywhere. When you're starving and on the go or out and about at special events (hello holiday movies!), there are plenty of food choices available to fill your holiday snack cravings.
5 Healthy Holiday Choices When You're On the Go
1. Starbucks Peppermint Mocha
Whether you're at the mall, running errands or need an afternoon pick-me-up, what would the holidays be without your favorite Starbucks holiday drink? You can "skinny up" the original peppermint mocha drink by choosing nonfat milk and sugar-free peppermint and mocha syrups.
2. Movie Snacks
The holidays season is known for some great movie releases – and movie theaters are known for high-calorie, high-fat snack options. Here are a few tricks to eating (somewhat) healthier at the movies:
• Size matters: order a small popcorn and skip the salt and extra butter topping.
• Choose candy with fewer calories like Twizzlers, Pepper Mint Patties, Gummy Bears, and Tootsie Rolls.
• Buy water – flavored waters typically have 0 calories.
3. Food Swaps
Often you can find healthy alternatives to holiday treats that let you indulge your craving without any guilt!
• Choose dark chocolate – not milk or white chocolate.
• Say no to cream-laden casseroles – choose Brussels sprouts or green beans.
4. Parties and Events
Attending parties is fun and sometimes even necessary for your work. A few simple tips and tricks can help you enjoy the food festivities while still respecting your commitment to eating healthy.
5. Eat What You Love
The holidays are the time for delicious, festive foods that aren't available the rest of the year. Don't deprive yourself, just try to make smarter decisions along the way. By being mindful and making smart choices, you can enjoy the holiday foods without feeling over-stuffed!
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