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Holiday Stuffers: How NOT To Overstuff Yourself During The Holidays

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Tis the season to go shopping and getting the home prepped for the holidays and that means doing less of the things you’d normally do such as sitting down to a healthy dinner with the family. In fact, it’s likely that these days your getting your nutrition from mall kiosks and “on the run”. And, just when it’s most important to be able to slip into that snug party dress, you’re probably breaking all your resolutions and rules.

But, sticking to your healthy eating “beauty” routine is “easier” than it may seem. In fact, even fast food eateries offer health alternatives to what may otherwise be calling your name.

Soy good solutions: When it comes to Japanese food consider teriyaki beef, chicken, shrimp or pot. You can also indulge in yakitori (grilled chicken skewers); noodle soups; sushi; and stir-fries (preferably prepared without oil). But, steer clear of tempura temptations which are heavily battered, deep friend and very high in fat.

Mangiamo: Italian foods are known for being rich and robust, but some can also be quite tasty and good for you. Think pasta (whole wheat preferably) with tomato sauce, veggie soup or a salad with dressing on the side (oil and vinegar or low-fat varieties are best). As far as pizza is concerned a (whole wheat) or regular veggie slice with minimal cheese is your best option. Garlic bread, cream-based sauces, Caesar salad and fried foods such as chicken or veal parm are a no-no.

Grecian picks: A Greek salad (light on the feta cheese and olives) with some low-fat dressing on the side is your best option. Otherwise consider a lean chicken or souvlaki kabob.

Options from the Orient: Think egg drop or wonton soup, mixed or steamed veggies; steamed dumplings; steamed brown (or white) rice; or a stir fry (again, preferably made without oil). Pass on the egg rolls, chicken balls, chicken wings, and fried rice.

American Eats: This includes burgers and sub shops. Opt for a regular or plain burger (preferably sans bread) with lettuce, tomato, and onions or grilled chicken on a bun; stuffed pita or a wrap. Opt out of special sauces and fatty toppings such as bacon and cheese; as well as deep-fried breading and greasy onion rings or fries. At sub shops opt for a wrap rather than a sandwich or order a smaller (six-inch sub) on whole wheat bread with turkey, beef, chicken or seafood and pack it with plenty of raw veggies and mustard instead of mayo (though low-fat mayo “is” an option). Stay away from subs made of meatballs or deep-fried meats or fish.

Deli Delicacies: Again opt for sandwiches or wraps that are made with whole wheat wraps, pita or bread and that are packed with lean meats, poultry or fish and plenty of veggies. Ask for a pickle or salad as a skinny side. Soups, as long as they are not cream-based are okay too.

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