• Choose wisely, even with healthier foods. Ingredients and nutrient content can vary by brand and preparation.
• Compare nutrition information on package labels and select products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans fat, and no partially hydrogenated oils.
• Watch your calorie intake. To maintain weight, consume only as many calories as you use up through physical activity. If you want to lose weight, consume fewer calories or burn more calories.
• Eat reasonable portions. Often this is less than you are served.
• Eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients your body needs.
• Prepare and eat healthier meals at home. You’ll have more control over ingredients.
• Look for the Heart-Check mark to easily identify foods that can be part of an overall healthy diet. Learn more at heartcheck.org.
The American Heart Association has compiled some important information regarding healthy choices and alternatives for holiday beverages, family meals, ways to stay active, and delicious recipes in their Holiday Healthy Eating Guide. Visit https://healthyforgood.heart.org/eat-smart/articles/holidays-healthy-eating-guide to download this helpful guide and navigate your way through the holiday season with healthful food choices.
Author: Jessica Shupp