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."

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Cathy, we always need a few tips especially this time of the year. Thank you for your report. This year I have vowed to watch how much I eat.

I really get irked at all the calorie counters that "come out of the woodwork" at holiday time telling me that I shouldn't eat so much because of how much fat and other harmful things are in the food.

If I ate a huge dinner like this four or five times a week I would be concerned.

C'mon, this is only once or twice a year!

Can't you just see yourself at the dinner table of these "counters?" "Now you can have two bites of this, one slice of that.............."

If you have a large gathering, you could all go outside and PLAY a game of flag football, instead of sitting on your getting fatter butt, and watching a bunch of millionaires play football on T.V., THAT ought to burn about a thousand or so calories.
Failing THAT, if you are alone, you COULD always pull the elliptical, or Stationary Bike in front of the T.V., and PEDAL, while they play.
I am 61 years young, and STILL fit into the same size flight suit that I wore when I was 25.

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