Tips to help you Eat Smarter during the holidays
To help you enjoy the best of both worlds this December, Naazneen Sali-Ameen, Nutrition, Health and Wellness manager at Nestlé South Africa, shares her top five substitutes for common menu items.
More: thin base, vegetables (peppers, spinach, dried tomatoes, avocado), fruits (pineapple, pears, apples), unsalted nuts, chicken.
Less: pepperoni, bacon, ham, extra cheese.
More: tomato-based sauces, in-season vegetables steamed or lightly sautéed, chicken.
Less: cheese, bacon, sausage.
More: fresh vegetables (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers), avocadoes, jalapeños, sautéed onions and mushrooms.
Less: bacon, cheese, BBQ sauce.
More: whole-wheat breads, fresh vegetables (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers), fresh herbs (basil), roasted peppers, avocadoes, sautéed onions and mushrooms, chicken, egg, mozzarella cheese, reduced-fat mayo.
Less: refined breads, ham, cheddar cheese, pickles, mustard.
More: fresh greens, vegetables and fruits, dried fruits (raisins and cherries), unsalted nuts
Less: salty nuts or seeds, dressings on the salad (rather order on the side).
Lastly, if you are planning to have a high energy meal such as pizza or pasta, try and limit yourself by starting your meal off with a fresh salad or some delicious veggies before tucking in. Always keep in mind that at every meal, your plate should be half filled with vegetables or salads, a quarter with starch (the size of your fist) and another quarter with protein (the size of your palm) such as lean meat or beans.