Holly Jolly Health: Holiday Eating Guide

Holiday Table Holiday Eating Guide

‘Tis the season to revel in joyous celebrations with loved ones, taking a welcome respite from the demands of work. However, amidst the festive cheer, the holiday season can usher in stress with eleventh-hour shopping, travel hassles, an abundance of delectable baked treats, and a flurry of social events revolving around food. 

Crafting a strategy to uphold healthier habits during this season enables you to fully savor the festivities while prioritizing your well-being. Here are some tips for handling various scenarios you may encounter during the holidays, as well and healthy habits to incorporate in your daily routine.  We’ve also got some great options for you here at MariGold! Lots of healthy snacks that will satisfy your cravings, allowing you to indulge with the guilt. 

Tips for Healthy Eating During Different Holiday Scenarios:

1. Traveling: Plan Ahead and Pack Smart

  • Pack healthy snacks like protein bars, nuts, and dried fruits to avoid relying on airport or gas station food.
  • Stay hydrated by carrying a reusable water bottle, and limit alcohol intake during travel.

2. Holiday Parties: Navigate the Buffet Mindfully

  • Fill your plate with a variety of colorful vegetables, lean proteins, and small portions of indulgent treats.
  • Eat slowly and savor each bite, allowing your body to register fullness.

3. At Home: Modify Traditional Recipes for Health

  • Experiment with healthier versions of holiday favorites by using whole grains, lean proteins, and incorporating more vegetables.
  • Control portion sizes to avoid overeating, and savor the flavors of each dish.
Holiday Walk on the Beach

4. Staying Active: Incorporate Exercise into the Festivities

  • Schedule active breaks during family gatherings, such as a post-meal walk or a friendly game of outdoor sports.
  • Find fun and festive workout routines to stay active, even when the weather is cold.

Healthy Habits for Nourishing Your Body During the Holidays

1. Hydrate Mindfully:
Staying hydrated is crucial for overall well-being. Opt for water or herbal teas instead of sugary drinks. If you indulge in alcoholic beverages, alternate with water to stay hydrated and reduce overall calorie intake.

2. Mindful Eating Practices:
Pay attention to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. Eat slowly, savoring each bite, and pause between servings. This mindful approach can help prevent overeating and allow you to truly enjoy the flavors of the season.

3. Prioritize Fiber:
Include fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your holiday meals. Fiber helps with digestion, keeps you feeling full, and can offset the impact of indulgent treats.

4. Choose Smart Swaps:
When preparing meals or choosing foods at gatherings, opt for healthier ingredient alternatives. For example, use whole-grain flour in baking, choose lean proteins, and incorporate unsaturated fats like olive oil.

Veggies on a Holiday Table

5. Create a Colorful Plate:

Fill your plate with a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. The vibrant colors indicate a diverse range of nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants that are beneficial for your health.

6. Be Selective with Treats:
Rather than sampling every treat available, be selective and choose your favorites. This way, you can enjoy the festive desserts without overindulging in unnecessary calories.

7. Practice Portion Control:
Use smaller plates and utensils to help control portion sizes. Start with smaller servings, and if you’re still hungry, you can always go back for more. This strategy can prevent mindless overeating.

8. Prepare Healthy Dishes:
When contributing to holiday meals, bring a nutritious dish that you enjoy. This ensures there’s a healthy option available, and you can share your commitment to well-being with friends and family.

9. Get Adequate Sleep:
Prioritize getting enough rest during the holiday season. Lack of sleep can affect your hunger hormones and lead to poor food choices. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night.

Eating Healthy During the Holidays with MariGold!

Healthy MariGold Snacks for the Holidays

1. Protein Bars: A Portable Powerhouse

During the holiday hustle and bustle, finding time for a balanced meal can be challenging. Protein bars come to the rescue as a convenient and nutritious on-the-go option. MariGold Protein Bars are packed with protein and low in sugar.  Our bars provide sustained energy to keep you fueled throughout the day.

2. Whey Isolate Protein: A Muscle-Friendly Choice
For those looking to maintain or build muscle during the holiday season, MariGold Whey Isolate Protein is an excellent supplement. Easily digestible and rich in essential amino acids, it supports muscle recovery and helps you stay on track with your fitness goals. Mix it into smoothies or enjoy it as a post-workout shake to ensure you’re getting the protein your body needs.

3. Collagen Peptides: Supporting Skin and Joint Health
Collagen is not only beneficial for the health of your skin but also for your joints. MariGold Collagen Peptides, which are easily dissolvable in both hot and cold liquids, can be a great addition to your holiday beverages. Whether stirred into your morning coffee or added to a cup of warm tea, collagen peptides contribute to overall well-being by promoting healthy skin, hair, and joint function.

4. Snack Nuts: A Nutrient-Packed Snacking Option
When the craving for a crunchy snack strikes, reach for a handful of nuts. MariGold Snack Nuts are packed with healthy fats, fiber, and essential nutrients, nuts make for a satisfying and nutritious snack. Keep a variety of nuts on hand, such as our Smoky Chipotle Almonds, Keto Pecans, and Sweet and Salty Cashews, to enjoy the benefits of different vitamins and minerals.

5. Fat Bombs: Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth the Healthy Way
For those with a sweet tooth, fat bombs can be a guilt-free indulgence.  MariGold Fat Bombs are made with ingredients like organic coconut oil, and organic grass-fed ghee, which means they are rich in healthy fats, as well as being low in sugar. Whether as a dessert or a midday pick-me-up, fat bombs provide a delicious alternative to traditional sugary sweets.

By incorporating these healthy eating tips and choosing nutrient-dense products like protein bars, whey isolate protein, collagen peptides, snack nuts, and fat bombs, you can navigate the holiday season with a focus on well-being. Remember to listen to your body, stay hydrated, and enjoy the festivities in a way that supports your health and happiness. Cheers to a nourishing holiday season!

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