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Toni Ann DeSantis

It’s that time of the year again- cakes, cookies, parties & lots of shopping!  Who has time to go home and eat a healthy meal when you’re running around the mall!  Here are a few tips on how to make it a little easier to make healthy eating choices and substitutions to keep those pounds from creeping onto those hips!

- Have fruit, raw almonds or raw cashews, raw veggies, even a protein shake (low in carbs, fat & sugar) prepared to grab & go. And always have a bottle of water with you. 

- Instead of waiting until you’re famished after that long shopping trip, eat when you’re hungry. Small meals or healthy snacks during your shopping day will keep you from wanting to eat everything in sight when you finally can sit down to a meal.

- Luna Fiber Vanilla Blueberry Bar is a great choice to grab on the go & curb your appetite.

- Going to a party in the evening?  Eat lighter during the day since we really don’t know what the menu options will be.  Keeping the carbs & calories down on those days will help. 

- Dunkin Donuts offers egg white breakfast sandwiches with veggies or turkey sausage on a wheat flat and McDonalds offers an egg white McMuffin.

- AppleBees offers a Weight Watchers menu that helps making a healthier selection a little easier.  You don’t have to be on the Weight Watchers program to order the meals- it’s regular food made healthier and with some portion control.

- Wendy’s offers a Half an Apple Pecan Chicken Salad with pomegranate vinaigrette, pecans & water

- Chick- Fil-A offers a Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich, small fruit cup & small unsweetened iced tea OR a Chipolte- Burrito Bowl with Brown Rice and corn salsa (ask for no sour cream, guacamole & beans).

- Select a ‘light fare’ meal when it’s offered on the menu. Substitute a small salad or steamed veggies for French fries to eat healthier and keep the calories down. 

- Substitute a wrap for bread, mustard for mayo, or a vinaigrette for a creamy dressing, to cut calories and fat

- And eating pasta doesn’t have to be unhealthy at all.  Choosing a red sauce instead of a cream sauce and adding a protein like grilled chicken or grilled shrimp will fill you up faster and give you some portion control.

You Can Do It!!!

Yes, we CAN survive the holiday ‘eating’ season without losing all control in the face of overwhelming calorie-busting temptations.  Using even a couple of Toni Ann’s Tips will help.