Daytime Kitchen: Healthy Holidays

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By: Pat Leonard - A.C.E. certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach

Healthy Holiday Party Food

Holiday Season weight gain on average is only about one pound per season.  But the issue is whether you take that off or let them accumulate year after year.  So what are some healthier choices?

Make a plan - whether you are bringing a dish to the office or a family get-together, plan a healthy alternative.  The main reason is that if you are looking for healthy options, you have at least one.

Lack of time -- pre-made platters can be healthy

Go nuts - packed with good fat, nuts will fill you up and keep the appetite at bay but, don't add the salt.

Fruit - a whole food, packed with good vitamins and antioxidants to help ward off seasonal  illness

Vegetables - salads - today are easy to prepare and take along for travel.  Salads contain whole foods that will provide great carbs with low calories.  Combine with proteins like Cheese and Fish for added benefits.

Mediterranean Salad with Salmon:

4 pieces of baked Salmon

Jar of black olives

Large container of mixed greens

Small container of feta cheese

8 oz. container of small Cherry tomatoes

Olive oil

Balsamic Vinegar

Wash and drain salad greens.  Mix in black olives, feta, and tomatoes.   Break up baked salmon into bit-size pieces.  Add salmon to salad.  Toss with 4-6 tablespoons of olive oil.  Toss lightly with balsamic vinegar.  Serve and enjoy.  Number of servings depends on size of the container of greens.