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ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala.—  It’s not every day that grandma’s red velvet cake is served for dessert. So go ahead and enjoy it, but remember these healthy holiday eating tips throughout the holiday season.

Leave Some Room

Serving size matters, but it’s often hard to keep track of with all the holiday food selections. One simple trick is to leave one inch of the outer edge of the plate visible. This tip will keep you from piling your plate with extra portions. Being mindful to avoid overloading your plate can help manage your health goals.

Be Physically Active

“Don’t skip your daily workout just because it’s the holidays,” said Andrea Morris, an Alabama Extension health and nutrition specialist. “You may have to get creative or adjust your schedule, but it’s worth it knowing that you stuck to your workout plan.”

Include visiting family and friends in workout plans. Gather everyone up for a walk before and after the meal. Plan a game that will get everyone moving like a scavenger hunt, a game of basketball or relay games. It can also be fun to turn on some music and dance.

Load Up On Fruits and Vegetables

The United States Department of Agriculture’s ChooseMyPlate recommends filling half of the plate with fruits and vegetables. Leave half of the plate for fruits and vegetables and the other half for other holiday feast items. Fruits and vegetables are full of fiber to help individuals stay full longer. You might even be able to pass on the second helping.

Don’t Celebrate Too Long

Many people derail their health goals by celebrating the holiday for too long. Keep in mind that the holiday is just one day, and return to a healthy eating pattern the following day.

More Information

Visit the ChooseMyPlate website for other tips on how to eat healthy over the holidays. For more information, visit www.aces.edu.

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