Everyone has their holiday favorites. From turkey and stuffing to eggnog and apple pie, these comfort foods signal time with family and friends as another busy year comes to a close. But for people who want to keep an eye on their waistline, celebrating holiday traditions while trying to stay and eat healthily can be a real balancing act.
If you with want to lose weight strive to achieve a balance in your diet. Here’s how you can learn to create a healthy diet management plan in partnership with your doctor, which can help you with the confidence you need to stay in control. A key part of that plan focuses on eating well, even during big Holiday meals.
Keep those healthy options on the table and indulge in holiday treats only in moderation to stay on track. Small steps, like simple ingredient swaps and post-dinner walks, help take care of your health without taking away from the holiday experience.
Finding balance in your diet makes eating healthy more realistic and the occasional indulgence during the holidays more manageable.
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Avocado Pasta Salad
Ingredients (4 servings):
230 g whole-grain pasta
200 g cherry tomatoes
1 green onion
200 g low-fat feta
2 Tbsp cilantro
Ingredients for the dressing:
100 ml buttermilk
juice of ½ lime
½ tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. In the meantime, dice the cherry tomatoes, the green onion, the avocado and the feta, and chop the cilantro. For the dressing, blend the flesh of the avocado, the buttermilk, the lime juice and the spices until the dressing has a creamy consistency. Then combine the pasta with the other ingredients and the dressing, and refrigerate the salad for at least one hour before serving.
Tip: If you are vegan, just leave out the buttermilk and feta. As a source of protein, you could use tofu instead. Plus, a dash of starchy pasta water makes the dressing extra creamy.
One serving of pasta salad contains about 420 calories, 52 g of carbohydrates, 25 g of protein and 17 g of fat.
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