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Eat Less Sugar During the Holidays

5 Easy Ways to Eat Less Sugar during the Holidays

November 22, 2016

As the air gets a little crisper and the leaves turn from shades of green to colorful hues of orange, yellow and red, I am reminded that the holidays are just around the corner. The festive season calls for many arrangements, from planning favorite meals to family gatherings, so our holidays are usually quite hectic.

As a dietitian and mom I usually try to be mindful of the health needs of both my family and friends so we can enjoy a wonderful celebration while keeping our meals delicious, fun and nutritious. However, in the midst of the celebration we often forget about our health needs and instead indulge freely, only to regret the amount we consumed shortly after we’re done eating. If you fall in this category (like the majority of us do), fear holiday meals no more! By taking it one step at a time, this season can be positively different!

Because the holidays tend to revolve around the sweets, I have compiled a few tips that may help you enjoy your celebrations without over-consuming added sugars. Please understand that I am not encouraging you to never touch a spoonful of sugar again, but rather I am presenting tips to eat less sugar. By following the tips below, you’ll enjoy this festive season while practicing healthy habits.

  1. Experiment making delicious desserts and side dishes using SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. Don’t feel intimidated by the sugar switch; your family and guests probably won’t even notice the reduction of added sugar. Below are a couple of my favorite recipes.

    Cranberry Almond TartsCranberry Almond Tarts
    Cranberries nestled in a flaky pastry make a sweet ending for a holiday buffet.

    Sweet Potato CasseroleSweet Potato Casserole
    A perfect side dish to serve with turkey or ham during the holiday season.

    For more choices, browse through this recipe search.


  2. When offering prepared holiday appetizers, main courses, and desserts, make sure you offer low calorie options. Do the same with your beverage selection including offering a variety of lower sugar mixers for your cocktails. This can help to keep your guests more focused on the conversations rather than the food being served. Smaller portions can help to shift guests’ attention from food onto other events occurring.
  3. Instead of providing large dinner plates, use attractive looking dessert or salad plates and use them as serving plates. Many people are inclined to fill their plate, and this helps with portion control. Your guests may be so enamored with the appearance of the plates that they forget about the size of them.
  4. Because most parties probably include only a small quantity of veggies, I would recommend consuming a veggie snack before heading to the party. A small veggie/fruit smoothie (carrots with apple) or grape tomatoes and cucumber slices with hummus are among my favorites. These may also help curb your appetite so that you are not so easily tempted to snack on the less nutritious items.
  5. Instead of giving the usual candy and chocolates as gifts during the holidays, give items that encourage physical activity such as a jump rope, an exercise ball, or a stylish water bottle. Alternatively, for the more extravagant gifts, consider a gift basket with fruits and nut mix or even an exercise tracker or tickets to the zoo.

I have been compensated for my time by Heartland Food Products Group, the maker of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. All statements and opinions are my own. I have pledged to Blog with Integrity, asserting that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is vitally important to me.

To learn more recipe tips for cooking and baking with SPLENDA® Sweeteners, visit the Cooking & Baking section of this blog.

Sylvia Meléndez Klinger, MS, RD, LDN, CPT is founder of Hispanic Food Communications, Inc., a nutrition and food communications consulting company. A Hispanic native who is a leading expert in cross-cultural Hispanic cuisine as it relates to nutrition and health, Sylvia uses her in-depth culinary and cultural expertise to introduce new strategies for wellness to an increasingly health-conscious Hispanic population. For more than a decade, Sylvia has been a consultant for major food, beverage and pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organizations.

November 22, 2016  |  POSTED BY: Sylvia Meléndez Klinger, MS, RD, LDN, CPT  |  IN: Cooking & Baking


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