Holiday Eating

Holidays and parties are difficult times to stay healthy. There are always lots of yummy food and treats around. Have you thought about how you’re going to stay healthy at the next holiday or party? Here are our top 5 tips for kids and parents.

For Kids:
  1. Make ½ your plate fruits and veggies. Just because there are lots of other foods around doesn’t mean you should skip the good stuff. This is what we should be doing everyday and holidays are no exception.
  2. Wait 15 minutes before getting seconds. If you’re still hungry after 15 minutes, take more food but try taking smaller portions the second time around.
  3. Choose an activity to keep you moving. Try having a dance party, jumping in leaves, taking a walk, or going bowling. If there is snow, try building a snowman or going sledding.
  4. Eat slowly. Chew your food well and pause between each bite.
  5. Most importantly, listen to your belly!! Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. It’s okay to have small portions of treats, but your belly should be satisfied, not stuffed.

For Parents:

  1. Be a role model. Your kids are watching what you do, so follow the top 5 tips for kids and maybe they will too.
  2. Let the holidays be about having fun and socializing, not just about food. Try having activities that don’t involve food, such as playing games or making decorations.
  3. Stick to your normal schedule. Try not to skip regularly scheduled meals or snacks. Eating beforehand will ensure that your child is well nourished and can help to avoid overeating at a big holiday meal or party.
  4. Get the kids involved. Letting kids make a healthy appetizer or side dish will make them more likely to eat it, and it also means there will be nutritious food at the party! Any of the recipes listed to the left can be made with help from your kids!
  5. Plan ahead. Planning meals and snacks will help avoid unhealthy, last minute choices during this busy season.  Including small portions of treats as part of meals and snacks regularly can help your kids avoid binging on them at one time.

Written by Stephanie O’Donnell Owner/Dietitian at Nurturing Nutrition II,LLC