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Nutrition Tip of the Week - Building a Healthy Plate During the Holidays

Source: Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) Weekly eNewsletter

During the holidays, we have a great time and enjoy lots of food with our families and friends. But how do we manage to keep some balance so that we can enjoy the foods we love without overdoing it? Here are some tips to help you do just that — so you can have your cake and eat it too!

  • Use a smaller plate. Use a smaller plate at meals to help with portion control. That way you can finish your entire plate and feel satisfied without overeating.
  • Take your time. Savor your food. Eat slowly, enjoy the taste and textures, and pay attention to how you feel. Be mindful. Eating very quickly may cause you to eat too much.
  • Try new foods. Keep it interesting by picking out new foods you’ve never tried before, like mango, lentils, or kale. You may find a new favorite! Trade fun and tasty recipes with friends or find them online.
  • Make half your plate veggies and fruits. Vegetables and fruits are full of nutrients and may help to promote good health. Choose red, orange, and dark-green vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli. 
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way. Indulge in a naturally sweet dessert dish — fruit! Serve a fresh fruit cocktail or a fruit parfait made with yogurt. For a hot dessert, bake apples and top with cinnamon.

 

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