Healthy, Happy Holidays

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​​If you're like a lot of us around the Home Instead office, it's the most wonderful time of the year… until you step on the scale. Everywhere we turn, there are delicious holiday treats and, even though we try to stay sensible, there is just something about the season that makes everything taste more irresistible and more, well, moreish.​

It's definitely a challenge when it comes to weight watching, but it also can add up to serious overall health consequences, particularly for those who are on restricted diets. Here are some tricks we've learned over the years to help people of all ages indulge in holiday goodies without regret.

  • Go nuts! Nuts are everywhere this time of year and they are a good snack to fill you up and keep you busy (particularly if you have to shell them) so you aren't eating other foods. They're filled with unsaturated fats (which can lower cholesterol), Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, Vitamin E and other things that are beneficial to overall health. To maximize their healthy impact, try unsalted or low-salt varieties.
  • Orange you healthy? Clementines are generally easier to peel than other citrus and they're sold in bulk so they make the perfect go-to snack to keep on the counter. They deliver nearly 100 percent of your recommended daily vitamin C, as well as flavonoids, folate, calcium, iron, potassium fiber and antioxidants.
  • Holly jolly honey: Consider replacing the refined sugar in your favorite holiday recipes with honey (you only use about ¼ the amount). Honey contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. It has also been known to reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders, is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and is a time-honored remedy for cough and throat irritation.
  • No Need to Skip the Nog: You may be surprised to know that eggnog has some health benefits. One cup of eggnog has 11.6 grams of protein, and it also contains essential minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc, as well as many vitamins such as riboflavin, B-12, pantothenic acid, choline, vitamin A and vitamin D. However, it is also high in cholesterol, carbs and calories, so try to limit it to just one glass, particularly if you're adding spirits.

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