Tips for Indulging Sensibly:
- Don't go to a party hungry- Cocktail parties and tonnes of apps are a common staple, but most apps won't be overly healthy and because they tend to be bite size, make it very hard to keep track of how much you are actually consuming. Eat a proper meal and have a few apps as a treat instead of going with the intention of making apps your dinner.
- Don't stand next to the food table- This makes it way to easy to grab and eat mindlessly.
- Use a plate and keep your proportions- Always use a plate. This allows you to keep track of the amount and what you are eating. Try to keep your plate to 2/3-3/4 filled with healthy, nutrient dense options (like veggies, meats, etc.) and save the rest of the space for indulgences.
- Go easy on the dips- Dips are calorie pitfalls. Even seemingly healthy dips, like hummus, are not always the greatest choice. If it's a purchased hummus, it is usually made with unhealthy oils (like canola or soybean), high in sodium and contains preservatives. Even it if it homemade, hummus tends to be high in calories and high in starch with little protein so you don't want to over do it. Guacamole is similar- a great source of healthy fats, but also high in calories and can have extra sodium if store bought, so be mindful.
- The Main Event- Similar rules apply when it comes to the main meal- try to keep your plate filled 2/3 to 3/4 filled with meat and veggies and save the rest of indulgences (like stuffing and cranberry sauce). Remember not all veggies are healthy options however. Green bean casserole made with cream soup is a common side dish but loaded with calories, unhealthy fats and sodium. Try sticking to roasted or steamed veggies if you have the option. Cranberry sauce is also pretty much just pure sugar so don't overdo it. However, by making your own you can at least control the amount of added sugar and type of sugar used. Homemade will also retain some of it's nutrients while the canned version is completely devoid. (Check out our recipes below).