Spending quality time socializing with friends and loved ones is the best part of the holiday season. But these joyful gatherings are often accompanied by loads of indulgent snacks and drinks, and just one glass of eggnog can quickly turn into three too many. The next thing you know, you’re overstuffed and wishing you had stronger willpower. To the rescue: These simple strategies will help you avoid overdoing it at holiday parties, no willpower necessary. Read on for the genius tricks!

 Enjoy a Pre-Party Nibble

 

It may seem counterintuitive, but eating more can actually help you eat less! Enjoying a small snack rich in protein and fiber—like a handful of almonds or a piece of whole-grain toast with peanut butter—before you head to the party will help boost satiety and curb your appetite before you arrive. Then when you see the creamy dips and decadent finger foods, you’ll be less tempted to partake.

Always Carry a Drink 

 

 

The first thing you should do when you arrive at the party, after you say your hellos? Head to the bar and pick up a drink, then be sure to keep one in hand throughout the event. The reason: If one of your hands is occupied with a beverage, you’ll only have one free hand with which to snack, which makes filling a plate and chowing down difficult. What’s more, if you’re worried about the sugar and fat in creamy eggnog or sweet holiday punch or would prefer to avoid the calories in alcohol, fill your glass with water and add a lemon or lime wedge. Your friends will assume you’re sipping a vodka cocktail, and the truth can be your little secret!

 

Bring the Snack You Want to Eat 

If you’re someone who knows you’ll be tempted to snack no matter how well you prepare, the solution is simple: Offer to bring a snack to the soiree, then bring something you feel comfortable eating. If you’re worried about all the offerings being fried or filled with cheese, put together a platter of crudités with a probiotic-rich yogurt dip or a fiber-packed hummus. With light and nourishing options available, you can graze guilt-free. Plus, your host or hostess will be grateful for your offer to help out!

 

Do you have any tricks for staying healthy throughout the holiday season? We would love to hear about them! Post them on social media and tag Power for Life Fitness and your apartment building.

 

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