Monday, November 25, 2013

Tips for healthier holiday meals

Mayo Clinic Health System Health Note:

The holidays have arrived! We all worry about those extra pounds that can result from indulging in all the fabulous holiday treats. If you’re trying to avoid this season’s weight gain, here are some tips to use when planning your holiday meals.

Cookies, candy and treats...oh my! The holidays are here, and so is the holiday food. Have you started your meal planning and prepared your shopping lists for your holiday feasts yet? This year, consider substituting those foods high in calories, fat, carbohydrates and sugar for healthier options. Most, if not all, substitutions are simple, such as substituting butter or margarine for olive oil, sugar for agave or honey, salt for sea salt, etc. Chances are you your family and friends won't even be able to tell the difference. You won't sacrifice the taste or enjoyment! There is nothing better than saving those extra calories and avoiding those excess pounds over the holiday!

Amy Every
Senior Communication Consultant, Marketing Communications
Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare

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