Low Calorie/Carb Foods During the Holidays

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Sampling and cooking go hand in hand, yet the chef may consume an entire meal during their ‘taste testing’ before they actually serve their meals on a plate.  Try to be conscious of the amount of food you are eating during the food preparation.  Have a napkin or a plate nearby and place each item on the plate.  This way you can consciously be aware of how much food you have at that moment. Try to have that much less on your plate when you serve. 

Seasonal Dishes that are low calorie and low in carbohydrates:

  • Left Over Turkey
  • Spiced Chickpeas
  • Edamame-Ginger Dip
  • Smoked Salmon & Egg with Tomato Slices
  • Roasted Chestnuts
  • Pumpkin Pie (*homemade)

*Homemade pie crust can reduce the hydrogenated fats in store bought pies and pie crust.  Also try apple crisp, a tasty dessert that is lower in carbs than pumpkin pie and a good source of fiber with the rolled oats.

Follow these quick holiday tips to keep the pounds off:

  • Be sure to eat a protein based breakfast and lunch on the day of the holiday party.
  •  Skipping meals to ‘save yourself’ for a holiday party/meal can lead to binging.
  • Eat a small protein or fiber filled snack before leaving for the party.  A small snack, such as an apple, can fill you with only a few calories, before you dive in at the party.
Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

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