We all love holiday food, from delicious appetizers to filling meals and decadent desserts, they’re all amazing! Unfortunately for many of us, holiday foods also lead to unwanted weight gain because we fill our plates with yummy dips, cheese, pastas, potatoes and chocolate cheesecake (am I giving myself away here?!). Lucky for us, dietitian and personal trainer, Erin Palinski-Wade is here to help! Erin was kind enough to join me this week for an interview to dish on my favorite gadget (and what I use every morning), the trusty Vitamix, she also shared tips on how we can stay healthy and still indulge on our favorite holiday food!
Candace Rose: With the holidays fast approaching, how can we plan a delicious healthy meal that won’t leave us anxious and overwhelmed?
Erin Palinski-Wade: “Sure, with the holidays it’s a time of stress anyway, and then tack on meal planning, it can just feel overwhelming. With the right tools and healthy staples on hand, anyone can follow a healthy lifestyle without a ton of effort or even money.
It all starts really in the kitchen, it’s having the right equipment. One of my goto essentials in the kitchen is to have a professional grade blender. That’s why I love the Vitamix S30 because it’s the same durability and versatility Vitamix is known for, but it’s more compatible now, so you can make individual servings in smaller batches which I love. It’s portable, lightweight, you can really take it with you on the go, so you can eat healthy anytime, anywhere. It makes a great holiday gift for yourself, for anyone that’s trying to eat healthy, and you can whip up holiday dishes too. The cashew cinnamon spread dish (see video above for details) is great for your next holiday party.”
Candace Rose: What about some healthy options for those of us with a sweet tooth who don’t want to sacrifice flavor for health?
Erin Palinski-Wade: “The sweets are abundant during the holidays, and it can be so hard not to overindulge or overdo it, but if you choose healthy options that satisfy your sweet tooth like fruit, it can really help. One great option is Pom Pom Wonderful Pomegranates which are back in season now through February. They’re loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C, and they’re packed with filling fiber. In addition Pom Pom Wonderful Pomegranates are now available in two serving sizes. They’re great because you can toss them in everything from yogurt to salad, even cocktails – anywhere you need a burst of flavor. You can even make a pomegranate citrus salad with mint and Vietnamese dressing. It’s a great option before you head off to a holiday party because you get that sweet satisfaction, it fills you up, but it’s not so filling that you don’t have room for holiday treats.”
Candace Rose: How can we indulge on some of our favorite foods this holiday season without gaining weight?
Erin Palinski-Wade: “One of my favorite tips is to have a little bit of everything without overdoing it. At each meal or even at a snack, fill your plate with fruits and vegetables. When you do this you have a large volume still on your plate, so mentally you feel satisfied, your stomach feels satisfied, but you’re actually cutting your calories almost in half because fruits and vegetables give us a lot of volume, but they’re very low in calories.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Erin Palinski-Wade: “Absolutely! Another thing you can think about is when you’re actually at the holiday party, it can be hard because there’s so many options to choose from and many times we can overdo it a bit. Before you start putting the food on your plate, kind of access everything that’s there and use a rating system. On a scale of one to 10, what are the nines and 10s, the things you really love and just put those on your plate and leave the rest. It’s not worth wasting calories on things you don’t really love, so that way you feel satisfied and you don’t overindulge.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Erin Palinski-Wade: “You can learn more information on my website, which is ErinPalinski.com.”