Go Small, More Often

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Welcome to Day 3 of the Healthy Holidays Challenge, powered by Compass One Healthcare!

When it comes to portion sizes smaller is sometimes better. During the holiday season remind yourself that moderation is key. You can have some of that pie you love but try to keep the portion small.

Another tip to consider is choosing a smaller-sized plate. No matter the size, you’ll be tempted to fill your plate with food — the smaller the plate, the smaller the portion sizes. This keeps you from overeating larger portions on an oversized plate.

The third tip for today is to eat smaller snacks and meals more often. Rather than 3 large meals each day, break them into 5–6 smaller meals, or aim for 3 smaller meals and 3 snacks. It’s important to keep your body fueled with little snacks throughout the day. That will keep you from binging too many calories later.

Here are some small snack ideas:

  • Eat a spoonful of peanut butter or nut butter alternative.
  • When your sweet tooth kicks in, add cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla powder to fresh fruit.
  • Cherry tomatoes and a part-skim mozzarella cheese stick are perfect on-the-go snacks.
  • Pro tip: Pre-pack a week’s worth of cut up fruit and vegetables, then grab and go as needed

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