Tips To Eat Healthy During The Holidays
POSTED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 6:18pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 2:42pm
EL PASO- It's difficult to eat healthy during the holidays, but there are some ways you can eat healthy without skipping the turkey and all the fixings.
A dietitian with El Paso's Department of Public Health said avoid eating the skin of the turkey since it's full of saturated fat. She also said eat more white meat instead of dark meat.
"If the dark is your favorite, you can have a little bit, but the dark does have a little more fat,” said Celeste Morales with the Department of Public Health. “You can probably tell in the taste, it's greaser."
A cup of homemade mashed potatoes with whole milk and butter can have 237 calories.
A shopper, and mother of three, we talked to said she has an alternative.
"I use soy milk and not that much butter,” said Kelly Berg. “Honestly the soy milk helps."
You can also use low-fat milk or low sodium, fat-free chicken stock and skip the butter, or salt.
A single scoop of stuffing may have up to 550 calories. Instead, you can replace the butter with low-sodium chicken broth.
It can be hard to resist temptation, especially when it comes to dessert. A typical slice of pecan pie has more than 500 calories.
"Don't feel like you can't have dessert. Just remember maybe not the whole pie, but you can have a slice," Morales said.
Most importantly the city's health department said it's not about what you eat, but how much you eat.
"A lot of the food that's made for Thanksgiving isn't necessarily bad, we just kinda free-for-all and everyone just wants to have a huge portion."