Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe help to make the season bright, but you can make it even brighter by making easy, nutritious choices, too! We know… healthy eating during the holidays may seem like a challenge. However, it doesn’t have to be with help from Shape Your Future!

Scroll down and learn how to eat healthy this holiday season with these 10 tips and recipes. You’ll fa-la-la-la-love them.

1. Survey buffets.
Before the line starts, check out the entire buffet to avoid overloading your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Be sure to fill half your plate with fruits and veggies to keep your plate balanced, too.

2. Eat until satisfied, not stuffed.
The holidays are often an excuse to stuff yourself with stuffing and fill up on figgy pudding. However, portion control is essential for your health when it comes to holiday eating. So savor your favorite holiday treats while eating smaller portions. If you overeat at one meal, go light on the next. It will keep your recommended calorie intake in balance.

3. Try this 5-Ingredient Casserole.
Practice healthy holiday eating by cooking up this medley of mixed veggies. With carrots, broccoli and cauliflower, it’s sure to make your spirits bright. You can even add in some more veggies like green beans or peas. Get the recipe here.

4. Be careful with beverages.
Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and encourage overeating. Non-alcoholic beverages are often full of calories and shocking amounts of sugar. So balance holiday beverages with plenty of healthy, refreshing water. It has zero calories and zero sugar. Plus, you can liven it up with these easy infused water recipes.

5. Make these No-Bake Breakfast Cookies.
Instead of baking sugary holiday cookies, choose a healthier choice by making these delicious, nutritious No-Bake Breakfast Cookies. It can be your new holiday tradition. Plus, you don’t even need an oven! Get the recipe here.

6. Make some swaps.
You can reduce fat and calories in many recipes without sacrificing taste just by switching out a few ingredients. For your mashed potatoes, use skim milk, chicken broth or garlic powder and Parmesan cheese to add flavor in the place of butter.

7. Snack to satisfy.
Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like some crispy carrot or celery sticks or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to over-indulge later.

8. Try these Cocoa Dusted Almonds.
After you deck your halls, deck your kitchen with a bowl of these delicious Cocoa Dusted Almonds. 4 ingredients. 10 minutes. 1 delicious holiday dessert. Get the recipe today.

9. Drink this Apple Cinnamon Infused Water.
Add some apples and cinnamon to your water to give it some extra zing. It’s real water, real fruit… and really easy to make. Get the recipe here.


Apple & Cinnamon Water

10. Plan time for exercise.

Physical activity can help relieve holiday stress and keep off the extra pounds. Combine family time with physical activity and you’ll get the best of both worlds. Take a few extra laps around the mall while holiday shopping or at the grocery store. Or take an evening walk with the family and look at holiday lights around the neighborhood. Just be sure to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day (and 60 minutes for your kids).

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