12/05/12 The holiday season is about family and food â€“ and too often, adding a few extra pounds to our waistlines. This holiday season the American Heart Association is publishing a free â€śHoliday Healthy Eating Guideâ€ť to help Americans celebrate smarter.
â€śItâ€™s no secret that for many of us the holidays are full of heavy, high-calorie foods and lots of sweets,â€ť said Margie Fougeron, a dietician who is a board member with the American Heart Association. â€śWe can still have a good time, but there are some tricks to make some of our favorite holiday foods healthier for us. The â€śHoliday Healthy Eating Guideâ€ť is full of those tips.â€ť
Available online at www.heart.org/indianapolis, the â€śHoliday Healthy Eating Guideâ€ť includes tips about:
- Holiday Beverages such as hot chocolate, egg nog, apple cider and cocktails
- Holiday Meals such as portion sizes and cooking substitutions
- Holiday Parties
- Winter Workouts
The guide also features three recipes, including orange glazed turkey and a pork tenderloin.
â€śMaking healthy choices at the holidays doesnâ€™t have to be difficult,â€ť Fougeron said. â€śMaking just a few small changes to our favorite foods and the amount of activity we get can make a big difference to our health.â€ť
The â€śHoliday Healthy Eating Guideâ€ť is part of the American Heart Associationâ€™s My Heart. My Life. healthy living platform, offering a comprehensive health, wellness and fitness initiative that empowers Americans to get healthier. Itâ€™s an important component of the American Heart Associationâ€™s national goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.