More Protein, Less Sugar for the Holidays

More Protein Less Sugar for the Holidays

Did you know some Americans may gain up to six pounds this holiday season?

Herbalife Nutrition recently commissioned a survey* of 2,000 Americans to find out about the dietary challenges they experience during the holiday season. Not surprisingly, many who reported weight gain contributed it to the amount of sweets they consume over the holidays. More than half of the respondents reported cookies (54%) and pies or cakes (53%) to be the biggest food temptation, more so than holiday meals (44%). In fact, 44% of respondents reported that they tend to eat more than one dessert during a holiday meal.

While it’s probably not realistic to avoid all sweets during the holidays, there are some things you can do to help you keep your intake reasonable. One key to minimizing holiday weight gain overall is to make sure that you eat balanced meals and snacks throughout the day and include a source of protein each time. Protein can help you to feel fuller, so you’ll eat less, which may help prevent over-indulging on those tempting treats.

Here are some tips to help you stay on track over the holidays:

Start the Day with a High Protein Breakfast

Aim for 15-20 grams of protein at breakfast. Instead of cereal, have eggs, yogurt or cottage cheese or try a protein shake. Studies have shown that a high protein breakfast not only helps you stay full until lunch but may even curb your intake and unhealthy snacking over the course of the day.

Don’t Go to a Holiday Party Hungry

Too many people skip meals before holiday events, but they often end up overindulging at meals and dessert because they’re overly hungry or think they’ve “earned it”. Have a substantial, protein-rich snack prior to your event— such as some Greek yogurt with fruit or some hummus and vegetables – before you walk out the door.

Lighten Up On Dessert

There are likely certain desserts that you associate with the holidays – the ones that you don’t eat any other time of the year.  Save some calories so that you can enjoy a small serving but skip the ‘everyday’ sweets that really aren’t that special. And try being satisfied with just a couple of bites.  Studies show that the first few bites really are the best, and that pleasure diminishes with each extra bite.

Written by Susan Bowerman, M.S., RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND – Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training, Herbalife Nutrition for The Healthy Moms Magazine and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to [email protected]

Featured image provided by Christina Branco

Keep on Track for the Holidays with MariGold

We know what it’s like to be tempted during the holidays to pick up an extra sweet or two…but did you know that you can curb those sweet cravings with something healthy? 

Our protein bars are the perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious flavors like Cookie DoughGerman Chocolate CakeDouble Fudge Brownie, and much more. 

They are all packed with 20+ grams of protein to keep you feeling full longer, and are all very low sugar – most of our bars have 1g of sugar or less! We also include good-for-you fats like organic coconut oil and organic grassfed ghee

Be sure to check out our Holly Day Pack for all our best seasonal flavors. Your body will thank you for treating it well!

Brand NEW to our lineup is our MariGold Truly Grassfed Whey Isolate Protein Powder! It is 100% pure, has 26 grams of protein per serving and is non-GMO, rBST free, and is lactose, soy and gluten free.

It can easily be mixed with water, or any of your favorite morning and afternoon smoothies or drinks for a great protein boost.

Enjoy the holidays with healthy treats!

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