Making healthy choices during the holidays can be difficult. Here are some tips for a healthy food choices using the plate format:
Fill ½ of your plate with vegetables, such as carrots, green beans, broccoli, salad, brussel sprouts, or asparagus.
Avoid casseroles or dishes that have heavy creams, sauces, butter, or crusts.
If your table is low on vegetables, consider adding fruit to this half of your plate. Cranberries, baked apples, and pears are good options.
Fill ¼ of your plate with starches such as stuffing and sweet potatoes.
Other choices for this section may include: mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, or corn pudding.
Skip the bread or rolls.
Fill ¼ of your plate with lean turkey slices (approx. 3-4oz).
Avoid dark meat, including drumsticks.
Remove the skin from the turkey before eating.
Instead of gravy, use a fruit-based relish special kick.