Be the Healthy Life of the Party

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Guest post, written by Beth Waisburd, our Health Coach.

In just a few short weeks, we will say goodbye to 2013 and open our minds to the possibilities of a New Year. But before we do, there is  much celebrating to be done! From family gatherings, to school performances, to office parties – we will pack in the parties and be face to face with the tempting tastes of the season. Is it possible to indulge ourselves while maintaining a healthful lifestyle? We at Smart Lunches say “yes” – but you’ve got to have a plan. Here are some healthful hints:

-Eat before you go. 
There is no better way to derail your healthful intentions than by showing up to the party starving! Eat a small meal or a healthful snack before you go and make sure your kids do the same.

-Bring a healthy dish to the party. 
Cut up colorful veggies with homemade hummus or dazzle them with a bowl of beautiful berries – bring something smart and healthy to munch on. Set the example for your friends and your kids. People will applaud your good choices and you will feel like a rock star!

-Drink in moderation. 
Whether it is egg nog, champagne, apple cider, or hot cocoa, remind yourself and your kids that these drinks are laden with sugar and calories. Instead, try seltzer water with a twist of lime. Staying hydrated will give you the energy to dance the night away!

-Scan the table and pick your passion. 
It wouldn’t be the holidays without a few indulgences – right?! But, often times, the abundance of food is gluttonous. Fight the urge to try everything and hone in on that one special item that is calling to you. Help your kids find their “special something” as well. Eat slowly and savor each bite.

 -Enjoy the company. 
Above all else, enjoy the people around you. It is not often that we all get to dress up and power down from our hectic lifestyles. Instead of focusing on the treats, make every effort reconnect with friends and family. Challenge yourself to meet someone new and encourage your kids to dance and play with friends. If all of the cookies are gone by the time you finish your conversations, so be it!

As the old saying goes…everything in moderation. Enjoy the party, but take good care of yourself and those around you. A toast to a happy and HEALTHY new year!!

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