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It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the crazy holiday season and forget about our health. Well I’m here to help you out a bit with staying healthy through the holidays through some tips and resources. One way I focus on staying healthy around this time of year is to keep a good stock of healthy foods. As soon as we started having kids, I knew I needed a deep freezer and a Sam’s Club membership and that’s exactly what we did. I’m not sure how I would cook without my surplus supply of frozen vegetables, frozen chicken tenderloins, and fish. Of course you don’t need a deep freezer, I just like to avoid taking three kids to the grocery store as much as possible.
I also receive this Healthy Living Made Simple magazine from Sam’s Club just for being a member. This month there’s a great article focused on how to save on calories during the holiday season without compromising flavor. I love the tips they give which you will probably not be surprised since I discuss most of their tips often throughout this blog (see more below in my Dietitian’s Dish).
Besides the fresh and frozen produce, meat and poultry, I often buy dairy and baking supplies at Sam’s Club.
And of course I love holiday flavors, but also like to watch what I eat. So while still getting into the holiday spirit, I decided to make pumpkin bread but made it a bit healthier. It’s not super sweet because there’s less sugar and oil but it’s a great quick bread to make for your family or others. You can also find all of these ingredients at Sam’s Club.
You’ll notice this recipe is large enough to make two loaves so you can keep one to eat yourself, and wrap one up as a holiday gift (which could pair well with a Sam’s Club membership!).
Another option would be to make one loaf to give away and use the other half to make muffins like I did. We love muffins in my house since they are easier for the kids to eat and much less messy.
Here a few tips that I use personally to focus on eating healthy during the holiday season:
- I make sure to stock up on healthy and quick foods like frozen vegetables and fish from Sam’s Club
- When baking cookies, I package them up as soon as possible and get them out of sight so I’m less likely to snack on them. You can also make them bite-size so if you are sampling them at least you’re eating less calories overall.
- Snack less on appetizers and enjoy the main meal and the company you’re with at parties instead of focusing on the food. If you’re making the appetizers, choose lower-fat dairy products to help keep calories in check.
- Continue eating 3 meals a day and a few snacks in between while making portion sizes smaller. This helps to not overeat when I go to evening parties because I won’t be starving when I arrive.
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for all your healthcare needs, definitely consider Sam’s Club. They not only have a multitude of healthy food, but they also have free health screenings, vision and hearing services, over the counter medications, vitamins and more! And don’t forget to reference their magazine for excellent health and nutrition resources.
I hope everyone has a fantastic healthy and safe holiday season!
Here are a few more recipes that I swapped full-fat ingredients for healthier ingredients without compromising flavor:
This Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread post first appeared on Chocolate Slopes.