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Surviving the Holidays: Tip #2

We’ve all been there– you’ve been invited to a nice holiday meal, but you don’t want to ruin your day by eating hundreds of extra calories! What can you do?

Be prepared.

Make sure you have a healthy snack before you leave your home. Try to eat a combination of high-quality carbohydrates, protein and fat, to stabilize your blood sugar before you are confronted by holiday temptations. Baby carrots with hummus, an apple with almond butter, or a small (green) smoothie are all great options. The last thing you want is to show up to your event starving, with only heavy, calorie-laden options to choose from!

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Other great snack ideas include Larabars, “Ants on a Log” (celery sticks with almond butter and raisins), or a piece of whole grain toast with your favorite nut butter.

Whatever you do, don’t skip meals in order to “save up” your calories for later. Skipping meals often leads to a loss of control and over-eating. You’ll be much better off by eating healthy meals throughout the day, so that you don’t end up over-eating many nutritionally-devoid foods later!

By taking just a few minutes to snack, you’ll be stopping your hunger in its tracks– and you’ll be prepared to make smarter choices by meal time!

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