Beat the Bulge: Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

Indian Spiced Minestrone Soup

The holiday season is a time for eating delicious foods.  Dinner dates, open houses, and holiday parties fill up our schedules.  Sweets are everywhere you turn.    So how do you keep it all in check and still manage to eat healthy?  Here are a few tips to get you through the holiday season with more of the joy, and less of the guilt.

1. When attending parties, limit your consumption of alcohol. In addition to feeling better both at the party and the next morning, you’ll limit your calories by limiting your alcohol.  Try alternating between water and the good stuff.

2. Pack a couple small pieces of “to go” fruit/veggies in your purse or brief case for snacking during the day. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to indulge this holiday season.  Don’t do it while you’re out and about doing your every day errands and jobs.  Pack a banana, apple, or some carrot sticks and give yourself a reason to not feel guilty about that extra couple of cookies  you’ll be having later at your child’s Winter Potluck.

Keep reading for more tips and Julie’s recipe for Indian Spiced Minestrone Soup…

3. Before going to an event where food will be served, eat a small helping of something healthy. If you eat something before heading out, you’ll be less likely to over eat all the rich and fattening foods that will be on the buffet while you’re there.

4. Dust off your slow cooker. The holidays are a busy time of year.  Sometimes it can be hard to find the time cook your family a meal and as a result you resort to less than healthy choices.  Pull out your slow cooker in the morning, add your ingredients, turn it on, and come home to a delicious and healthy home cooked meal at the end of the day.  

Slow cooker food doesn’t have to be boring.  Try this minestrone soup for an easy, healthy weeknight dinner.  Serve it up with a salad and warm roll and you’ve given your family a hearty healthy meal.

Indian Spiced Minestrone Soup

Ingredients Needed:

3 Carrots, Diced
2 Zucchini, Cut up
1 Onion, Diced
3 Celery, Chopped
1 Handful of Green Beans
3 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
1 10 Oz. Can of Garbanzo Beans
1 Pd of Cooked Lentils
1 28 Oz. Can of Tomatoes
4 Cups of Veggie Broth
1 tsp of Curry
1/2 tsp of Cumin
1/2 tsp of Garam Masala
1/2 tsp of Salt
1/4 tsp of Pepper
6 Oz. of Cooked Noodles

Throw all your ingredients into your slow cooker with the exception of the noodles.  Let it cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 4-6 hours.  Add in your cooked noodles just before serving.

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “Beat the Bulge: Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

  1. oooh, indian spices in minestrone sounds like a brilliant move.

    i just made my first ever successful baguette and inhaled it with my go-to winter food: a bowl of lentils, which i suppose would also benefit from the addition of indian spices. but then again, what wouldn’t?

    answer: toothpaste.

  2. Hey Julie,
    As soon as I saw the recipe I said to myself that it has to be Julie’s recipe! That is one awesome recipe! Have said that before but will say it again, LOVE the comforting feel that all your recipes give!

  3. Those are all great tips. And I’m seriously tempted by that minestrone recipe!

  4. Pingback: Beat the Bulge: Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating // WFAEats | Eats healthy

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