The holidays offer no shortage of opportunities to eat, drink and be merry. But just because you want to partake doesn't mean you have to pack on the pounds. In fact, many foods we traditionally eat at holiday gatherings are good for you! We've put together a list of the 10 foods you should be eating more of over the holidays, with simple yet effective tips on how to eat them and what to avoid.
Red Wine (5 oz glass has 120 calories)
Rather than a beer or cocktail, which are both high in sugar, go for a glass of red wine. You can go with white or red (only a 3-5 calorie difference per ounce) but red contains resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that is linked to heart health, cholesterol control and possibly even cancer prevention in numerous studies. Red wine on average contains fewer calories per serving than beer or cocktails which will help avoid that post-holiday bloat. One glass per day is part of a healthy diet and has been shown to improve sleep habits which has a positive effect on weight.
Don't fret if you prefer white wine - two new studies have shown that white wine does contain some of the benefits of red, particularly cholesterol control and improved blood sugar levels.