The High Holidays are coming up and we all look forward to our mom's homemade brisket and all the honey on challah we can eat! With all that flavor, comes all those calories so I've put together a list of some tips to help you determine what's a "go" food and what's a "whoa" food.
- Survey the entire table before you take any food. Decide what foods are worth eating and what can be ignored, and then stick to that decision. Why waste calories on foods that don’t bring you pleasure?
- Eat your calories instead of drinking them. Stick to lower calorie or calorie-free drinks (diet sodas, water, or seltzer) instead of soda, juice, or wine (just a little for kiddush).
- When you are the host, include nutritious and lower-calorie foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean meats on the menu. When you are a guest, bring along a bag of clementines instead of a candy platter.
- Make sure your plate has all the major food groups i.e. vegetable, starch, and protein. It is really easy to go overboard with starches but try to get some greens on that plate!
- Watch your portion sizes. Don’t cover your plate completely with food. Once you finish your 1st plate, lean back and drink some water. You may be surprised that you feel full before you can get 2nds.
- Don't forget to savor the taste and texture of the wonderful foods of the holidays!