Top 3 Nutrition Tips for the Holidays

Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine offers holiday nutrition tips

A smiling woman in a red holiday dress leans on a kitchen counter holding a pomegranate with a bag of fruit nearby

by Cathy Garvey, RD

Most people gain between 5 and 10 pounds during the holidays. To keep your scale stable, use these nutrition tips and experience a slimmer season.

Eat a snack before the party

Snacking on low-glycemic carbohydrates and lean proteins such as apple slices with natural peanut butter, raw veggies with hummus or nonfat unsweetened yogurt with berries, help to curb your hunger so you eat less at the party.

Limit alcohol

Each 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1 ounce of hard alcohol contain roughly 100 calories. Enjoy a drink, and then switch to sparkling water with lemon or lime. Steer clear of higher calorie drinks such as egg nog, frozen margaritas and hot buttered rum.

Eat lots of salad

Start your meals with a large salad topped with lots of veggies and lowfat/fat-free dressing or a broth-based soup filled with vegetables.

Studies have shown that eating salads or broth-based soups prior to a meal results in fewer calories consumed during the meal.