New Year, New You: A Guest Article By David Venable of QVC
In order to stick to a healthier eating lifestyle, you have to be realistic. Yes, it’s a good idea to take that plate of homemade caramels to the office to share with co-workers. But, there’s no harm in freezing a handful to enjoy when the holiday season is long gone. Many dieticians say treating yourself now and then—instead of thinking of something as “off limits”—will help you stay on track.
When it comes to family meal-time, again, be realistic. French fries once a week are fine. The rest of the week, make it a point to serve veggies and healthier sides like nutrient-rich quinoa or brown rice. Seek out recipes that disguise ingredients…like mashed cauliflower. Or, make it a point to make more homemade soups and stews. They’re wonderful vehicles for veggies and grains and the cooking process tends to soften ingredient flavors and textures.
Opting for lower-fat ingredients saves calories, but doesn’t sacrifice flavor. Your family won’t know they’re eating extra-lean beef or ground turkey. Nor will they suspect that cheddar cheese on their three-bean chili is made with 2% milk. Whole grain pastas and rice can be a tougher sell, however, so please picky eaters by blending regular and whole wheat pasta together.
Drink more water. If you’re well-hydrated, you can actually feel less hungry and you’re more likely to pick better foods. By replacing soda and sugar-laden drinks with water, you can cut a lot of extra calories out of your family’s diet. Ease them into it by infusing the water with fresh fruit. Make sure it’s really cold. Or, at the very least, insist water be the only option after they’ve enjoyed one serving of their favorite drink.
Healthy eating habits fly out the window when you’re rushed. Don’t let fast-food win! As much as possible, plan ahead by making use of your freezer, crock pot, or pressure cooker. Have salad fixings and deli meat on hand for sandwiches. And, stock up on unsalted nuts and fruit for quick, on-the-go snacks.
There’s always something to celebrate…someone in the family has a birthday. It’s Valentine’s Day. Easter is next month. Celebrations should include great food, but just make a conscious effort of how much you’re eating. Have one helping of dinner. Eat one piece of cake. Maybe ask hubby for an edible fruit arrangement instead of chocolate. Thinking about it is half the battle!Special thanks to QVC's David Venable, host of In The Kitchen With David.