Martha’s Healthy Holiday Party Tips

With New Year’s eve around the corner, we are in the midst of the holiday party season. A little too much holiday cheer can lead to a skin tight clothing later!  I met with Divya Gugnani ( a city girl who has quite the active social life!) from Behind the Burner to discuss healthy holiday party tips.


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Here are some of my Healthy Holiday Party Tips:

1. I’m sure you have heard it a million times, but it is true…never go to a party hungry. It will be almost impossible to resist the fattening hors d’oeuvres if you are hungry. Have a light snack that includes some protein an hour or so before the party. Examples could include (pick one) some nuts, cottage cheese, string cheese and a fruit, a yogurts, few slices of turkey. For example, if your party is starting at 8 pm, have a light snack at 7 or so. Eating something before going to the party will also help your body absorb the alcohol better.

2. Be careful with the appetizers as most of them are loaded with calories and fat.  An average mini appetizer has 100 calories. Try to limit yourself to one or two of these types of appetizers at the party. Be selective – don’t just grab the first one you see. Wait until you see something you really want.

3. Better choices for appetizers would be crudités (skip the fattening dips) or shrimp or sashimi type appetizers.

4. Moving onto the “adult beverages” ….what can I say? As I have said many times before, alcohol contains empty calories (85 calories for a small 4 oz glass!) and can decrease your willpower to watch what you eat – as well as cause a nasty headache and the munchies the next day if over consumed.  I would recommend you pace yourself. Alternate an alcoholic beverage with a club soda. Give yourself a “cap” for the night. (Not a night cap!!)  It might be two or three alcoholic beverages at the most. Don’t let yourself go above this limit.

5. I know we are all busy this time of the year, but make sure you schedule in exercise a few times a week.

6. Be selective … you don’t have to attend every party you’re invited to. Or make a quick appearance and skip the food and booze altogether.

7. Do your best to get adequate sleep. Being tired can decrease our willpower to watch what we eat.

Check out Behind the Burner:
For all you foodies out there, I would recommend that you check out Behind the Burner! If your food and wine adventures are more about the journey than the destination, Behind the Burner is the perfect place to explore your culinary desires. It contains great tips!


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