Thursday, March 28, 2013

Healthy Holiday Dinners

We often think that after the Christmas holiday season is over, and the last cut-out cookie has been eaten, that it will be a lot easier to be healthy.  Holidays give us so many opportunities to indulge.  We often blame December for our winter weight gain, but in truth, after Christmas comes the Superbowl, then Valentine’s Day, then those cute little Girl Scouts selling cookies on every corner, and then Easter....

It can be hard to enjoy holidays when you are trying to lose weight. I used to get anxiety attacks just thinking about the mounds of junk food I would face at a Superbowl party! 

I have found that the best way to eliminate some of this overindulgence anxiety, is to either host the event yourself, or offer to help.  When you are the one in charge of making dinner, you know exactly what is going into each dish. I have a friend who always brings quinoa salad to BBQs. I think this is such a great idea because she is always guaranteed a healthy option.

Here are a few of the healthy side dishes I like to serve on holidays:

Mashed Potato Substitutes:

Instead of Candied Yams:

Load up on Vegetable Sides:
Dessert Alternatives:
Strawberries with Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

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