Most of us are already thinking about holiday meals and how much delicious food is going to be in front us for the next couple of months.
Between family celebrations, office parties, holiday dinners and the traditional goodies available only during this time of the year, it's almost impossible not to overeat and overindulge (and possibly put on a few pounds).
I think we can have it both ways – indulge and maintain healthy eating habits without packing on the pounds. For example, I don't usually eat bread but my sister makes the best stuffing at Thanksgiving and I have a friend who sends me an amazing Christmas cake every year from Italy. I will not pass these up regardless of the ingredients or calorie content.
Being mindful about how I eat is my solution to not feeling deprived of my indulgences and not feeling guilty about enjoying these special treats. I enjoy one serving of stuffing, and a small portion of the cake when it arrives. The first few bites are always the best, so no need for large servings or second helpings. Take your time and really enjoy those bites and you will be surprised at how little you need to eat to feel completely satisfied.
We all have our favorite traditional foods but many of the high fat, high sugar selections we have been fond of for so many years can be revised for a healthier version that is just as tasty or better.
The ABCs Of Everything has created a Recipe Revival to offer healthier versions of favorite holiday recipes. I know that many of you are already enjoying healthier versions of your holiday meals and we would love you to share those recipes with our ABC family and friends during our Recipe Revival. We will be posting these delicious recipes through the end of December and invite you to share your favorite recipes on our website.