EXTENSION CONNECTION: Put some health into the holidays

Published: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 04:22 PM.

•Eat a light, healthy snack before heading out to parties where food will be the focus. This will help curb your hunger and help you make better choices.

•Don’t hover around the buffet table. Make your selections and then move away so you’re not tempted to nibble.

•Substitute recipes. Use skim milk or reduced-fat cream cheese,  reduce sugar or use an alternative sweetener and replace oils with applesauce. You can make many substitutions that will reduce calories and make dishes more healthful.

•Exercise. Don’t let the holidays interfere with your plans to walk or exercise.

•Watch portions. If you simply must have some of Aunt Sue’s pecan pie, cut a small portion.

•Eat more fruits and vegetables. Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies. But watch out for those casseroles that may contain lots of fat and calories.

Be more conscious of the foods you eat and you’ll have healthy holidays.

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