This article was written by Lilia Smelkova of Food Day and is shared with the permission of the author.
Even though we’re celebrating, it’s important to eat real, healthy foods throughout the holiday season. This special time of the year is filled with parties, celebrations, and ample opportunities to indulge. According to a study from The New Journal England of Medicine, the average weight gain during the holidays is about a pound, and most people never shed that weight.
Fortunately, there’s a wealth of tips and other information available for healthy eating during the holidays, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate Holiday Makeover, Helpful Tips for Healthy Holiday Parties from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Heart Association’s Seasonal, Heart-Healthy Holiday Foods. Here are five of our favorite tips for eating real throughout the holidays: