Updated: Oct 30, 2019
They say the average person gains 7-10 pounds during the holiday season, but my guess is if you're reading this article you're probably not an average person. You've spent all this time working to get your body where you want it. You've gone up and down, you've bulked, you've cut. Maybe you're an athlete with your own Personal Chef, maybe you're grinding out day-in and day-out for your own physical and mental health; either way, I applaud you. Here I will cover some options you have to have your holiday meal, but also keep from gaining the weight you've worked so hard to keep off.
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So first off I want to cover the obvious; portion control is still a thing here. So, even though these are healthier options try not to go nuts.
1) Stuffing. In my opinion you have two options. I personally suggest going with some wild rice rilaf or CousCous. This works mostly because though they are still carbs they are much longer lasting carbs providing long-lasting energy. Some people say to avoid carbs, I hate that idea from a health perspective. Carbs are for long-term energy there's a reason you get tired without them.
2) Cranberry Sauce. The big thing here is making it at home as opposed to the canned stuff (though I'd be lying if I said I don't love the canned stuff myself.) This recipe is super easy, get a pot and coat them in the pot with some orange juice. I suggest 1.5 cups per person.
3) When it comes to the Turkey and Ham I say: Just be sensible. There's no replacing these in my world. IF you were to be serious about finding an alternative I suggest cooking extra wild rice, add black beans, roasted corn and farro to make veggie patties. That being said I'll be putting maple syrup on my ham and enjoying the little bit I get to have.
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