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This time of year, between school, work, family commitments and last minute holiday shopping, it’s easy to steer off of the healthy eating track. Here are 10 tips to help you along during this magical time of year.picture-3

  1. Get your holiday green on: Make sure you’re getting your greens by starting your day off with a green smoothie. Green smoothies are the perfect on-the-go breakfast that’s packed with the nutrients of hearty greens but tastes like fruit. Add an avocado, raw oatmeal, or nut butter to your smoothie to help keep your fuller, longer. Even if your eating habits the rest of the day aren’t the best, at least you’ve gotten your daily fruit and veggie intake!
  2. Be mall savvy: When holiday shopping, park with ease by selecting a space further away from the mall and opt for the stairs instead of the escalator. Not only will this help burn some extra calories, but it will also make your holiday shopping less stressful.
  3. Rethink your holiday plate: Larger portions of vegetables and whole grains and smaller portions of meats and animal products will leave you feeling satisfied and boost your nutrient intake.
  4. Entertain with style: Incorporate seasonal veggies into your dishes- it’ll add color to your spread and bring health to your table.
  5. Keep it simple: Plan simple and quick meals that you can cook ahead of time. Batch cook your grains so that you can have a healthy, easy dinner on the table in minutes for those nights when you come in late.
  6. Think ahead: Have a healthy snack before you go to a holiday party. Parties are usually full of indulgent options, which are okay in small quantities. Eat something small before heading out the door so you’re not starving when you arrive.
  7. Share the love: Spend time with loved ones and celebrate the joy of the season. Make a healthy dish for holiday meals, parties, and potlucks. This way, you’ll always have at least one great option to fill up on and share with others.
  8. Keep it moving: Winter is full of fun activities like skating, sledding, snowshoeing and walking. Try something new—winter is also a great time for that hot yoga you’ve always wanted to try!
  9. Sleep: Get some rest! Don’t stay up all night wrapping gifts. Stress and lack of sleep can do a number to your immune system.
  10. Treat yourself: Eat the last brownie, share some eggnog with your friends, and stay up too late. Take some time for yourself and enjoy the magic of the holidays.
  11. Bonus tip! Don’t stress out about the cooking—we can handle it for you! Visit shop.wholefoodsmarket.com for all of our holiday selections.

*All information associated with monthly Whole Foods Market content is sponsored by Whole Foods Market as a partnership with University of Denver Athletics & Recreation, and not provided by trainers or staff of the Coors Fitness Center.

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