Five Foods to Help Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

No matter how many times we tell ourselves to avoid that pumpkin pie or that delicious eggnog, it’s a bit difficult to turn down those oh-so-tasty treats when surrounded by family, Christmas music and that extra glass of wine. Here are five foods to munch on before your next holiday party to avoid the unexpected five pounds to creep up in January.

1. Apples

An apple a day really does keep the doctor away. It not only fills you up, it keeps your blood sugar balanced. At under 100 calories each, this fruit can save you hundreds in the long-run. Eat an apple 30 minutes before a meal. It’s full of fiber and it requires more chewing time, so you don’t gobble it all down at once.

2. Greens

Instead of reaching for that breadbasket at restaurants, immediately order a salad instead. Not only are the greens great for you, the fiber helps slow sugar into the bloodstream, making you less likely to be hungry. According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 42 women who ate a 100-calorie salad before dinner consumed 12 percent less than their counterparts. Just make sure to avoid croutons and high-fat dressing like ranch for a low calorie appetizer.

3. Pine Nuts

Nuts like almonds, cashews and peanuts are a great low-fat snack option, but pine nuts have the most protein, therefore the most filling. Pine nuts also have pinolenic acid, a polyunsaturated fat that stimulates two powerful hunger suppressing hormones. In a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, participants consumed 36 percent less when eating pine nuts prior to a meal.

4. Water

There’s nothing cheaper or simpler than consuming water. Often times when people think they’re hungry, they’re actually dehydrated and instead of pouring a glass of water they take a second helping at dinner. Drink one full glass of water before a meal and add lemon to sweeten it up. Always carry a water bottle with you to stay fully hydrated and to avoid that 3 p.m. vending machine craving.

5. Green Tea

Green tea is known as the super tea–it has many healing properties that reduces anxiety, increases immunity, lowers cholesterol, can help prevent cancer and suppresses the appetite. The tea contains epigallocatechin gallate, EGCG, a powerful antioxidant that boosts metabolism, burns calories and helps curb hunger. Cheers!
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