Savor the Holidays without Stretching the Waistline

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The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but they can bring the unwelcome gift of a few extra pounds on the scale. Here are tips that let you savor the season without stretching the waistline.

Don’t skip breakfast.
Ever skipped breakfast to “save up calories” for the big holiday feasts later in the day? Tempting as it is, doing so makes you more likely to graze on unhealthy snacks and overindulge at dinner. Plan easy serve-yourself breakfast treats like fresh grapefruit and mint salad or overnight oatmeal to give your family and guests a nutrient-rich start to the day.

Do load up on veggies.
Can we agree: vegetables are the Rodney Dangerfield of the holiday meal? They just don’t get the respect they deserve. But loading up on veggies is a sure-fire way to fill up, without filling out. A Pardee kitchen is the perfect test kitchen for trying out creative twists on side dishes, like Bacon and Chive Green Bean Coins, or Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes.

Do watch portions.
The traditional holiday dinner can pack on a whopping 3,000 calories. When hosting holiday events at your new home, opt for smaller plates to help guests (and yourself) take less of each dish. A Pardee kitchen counter is the perfect spot to display sample-sized desserts and appetizers, perfect for sampling in small bites. Make a one-and-done buffet line promise to yourself to avoid the temptation for seconds and thirds.

Don’t forget to exercise.
Exercise is the perfect antidote to the holidays’ calories and busy schedules. Pardee communities offer convenient access to lots of parks and trails ideal for tracking your daily steps. Even a leisurely saunter through the neighborhood releases endorphins, and bonus points: it burns off those pecan pie calories.

Prefer an indoor workout? Pardee Homes flex spaces make it easy to get moving in the privacy of home.

Do put a spin on the classics.
No need to give up on all your holiday menu traditions. Instead, look for ways to lighten the caloric load of your family’s holiday favorites. For instance, substitute skim milk for whole milk to create Skinny Macaroni and Cheese. Replace oil in your famous banana bread with equal amounts of applesauce. Use zero-calorie sweeteners in lieu of sugar, and egg whites in place of whole eggs. And, did you know that heavy cream has double the calories of evaporated milk? Opt for the lighter version and your guests will never suspect!

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