1. Fish is healthy, but deep-fried fish is a far cry from a good food choice.
Many local restaurants offer a broiled, baked or grilled option. A personal favorite of mine is the grilled salmon at Doug’s Fish Fry! There are also many other seafood options to try, such as pull-and-peel shrimp or grilled scallops. Remember: No meat does not have to be a bad thing!
2. Leave the candy for the kids.
Easter treats are tempting for us all, but remember that every Cadbury cream egg has 170 calories, which is equal to the calories in a sweetened drink, and they have 6 grams of fat, which accounts for 9 percent of your recommended daily allowance.
3. Be mindful of portion sizes.
It is easy to load up on ham and mashed potatoes with gravy at family meals, but remember that eating large portions satisfies you for the moment, while healthy living will be of far greater value. A standard serving of meat is the size of the palm of your hand (without the fingers), and a serving of starching veggies, like potatoes, is roughly the size of a baseball.
4. Take advantage of Easter egg hunts!
This is a wonderful way to run around with your children and grandchildren and accomplish a shared goal of filling a basket with goodies. There are several local Easter egg hunts listed this week in The Citizen.
5. Take a walk with your loved ones after dinner and admire the spring flowers and foliage.
This unseasonably warm weather gives us a great opportunity to get out and exercise, away from tempting treats in the kitchen.
6. Try a new recipe.
Many family favorites can be easily made healthier through reducing butter or sugar. Give it a try and you may be surprised to find a new, healthier family favorite.
7. Avoid overconsumption of alcohol.
If you drink, please do so in moderation. Alcohol adds a tremendous amount of calories to your diet. Remember that the standard beer has between 140 and 170 calories, and most of us drink more than one. If you do choose to drink, please create a plan to avoid driving. There are a lot of families on the road this time of year.
8. When selecting carbs, aim for whole-grain options.
The fiber will help to keep you full longer, and you will feel more satisfied with your meal.
9. If you are hosting a holiday meal, pick up extra Tupperware in order to send leftovers home with your guests.
This is a great way to avoid waste and to provide your loved ones with a second meal. But a wonderful benefit to you is that you will not be tempted when you open the refrigerator!
10. Keep serving dishes off the table.
This will help avoid taking seconds. It is much harder to leave a conversation to fill up a second plate. Decorate the table with flowers and seasonal items to make it appear more full, and keep family members from bringing dishes to the table.