If the holidays signal to you a time for excess everything, can we let you in on a little secret? By incorporating a few easy tips and simple strategies, you can still eat, enjoy and imbibe, but you’ll feel a lot better following all the festivities if you keep healthy habits in mind… at least a little. Food may be a love language, but it can scream “too much” really quickly if you don’t take a few things to heart. 

Here are our best tips for healthy holiday eating:

Limit Alcohol. Those fuzzy feel goods only go so far. One drink may be nice to get the conversion flowing, but too many can lead to over eating and bloat! Sip on sparkling water infused with fruit, opt for a lower alcohol wine or beer or try just agree to go serious health nut for all your holiday sippers and try this Avocado & Green Tea Power Shake for something a little heartier.

Fruits and Veggies First. This is honestly a no brainer — go for the healthiest options first. No need to regret overdoing it on the veggie tray or mixed fruit. This Harissa and Mint Greek Yogurt Dip is the perfect pairing with veggies to get you started.

Plan Your Splurge. You are ready to let loose and you know Aunt Gladys will be there with her Coconut Cake (your absolute favorite). Go ahead. Enjoy.  But make your move wisely and plan on behaving yourself when you see all of the other treats. No Aunt Gladys? Then we suggest making this Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Cheesecake a new part of your family favorite holiday dessert table.

Small But Mighty. Too many things to choose from? Go ahead try them all, but opt for small quarter-size portions so you can get a good taste of each. Go for something like these Low Carb Cauliflower Snack Bites for a perfect bite-sized package.

And remember, food is a big part of our celebrations, but sharing time with those you love and care for is the ultimate holiday gift. From our farm families to your family: Happy Holidays!

Still need a little more direction? Here are some dishes you could bring to the party to help everyone eat healthy this holiday season. Bonus: Your Hostess will be more than happy to accept them!

Stuffed Sweet Peppers with Pancetta & Cheddar

Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin

Steak and Scallion Rolls

We may be biased, but we think the most splurge-worthy way to celebrate at the holidays is with a classic dish full of mac ‘n’ cheese… and we know just where to find an entire collection: Mac ‘n Cheese Madness.

If you would like to learn more about Cabot Creamery Cooperative, get more delicious recipes, or take a virtual tour of some of our 1,000 farm families, click here. If you find a recipe that you love on our site, please rate and review it – we appreciate your feedback!

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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.

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