Healthy for the Holidays


Released by Bayhealth Medical Center

This Thanksgiving, we can all thank a Bayhealth dietitian for giving us great ideas on how to enjoy the holiday eating season while leaving our waistlines intact.

It may be a (pumpkin) pie-in-the-sky idea, but Bayhealth Outpatient Dietitian Dawn Santacroce, RD, LDN, says the traditional gorge fest is really just “gravy” to the true joy of fellowship, company and time with those that we love during the holiday season.

“It’s also true that some family members may take it personally that you don’t gorge at the holiday table, but you can always praise Aunt Hazel for the delicious 75 ounce slice of pie, let her know that you’re stuffed, and ask her if you can take it home for later,” said Santacroce.

Santacroce is stuffing us with great ideas on how to enjoy traditional holiday favorites while minimizing fat, calories and sodium that may jeopardize your health:

It’s always ‘okay’ to indulge one meal or several meals that are unhealthy but the cumulative impact of the holiday eating season (from November Thanksgiving to February Super Bowl Eating Parties) can have an impact. Be aware!

Green vegetables may not always be the most popular holiday dish, but it’s all in how you prepare them. Steamed veggies are about exciting as Uncle Bernie’s Thanksgiving anecdotes, but roasting vegetables with olive oil will give them great taste, and the olive oil is far healthier than basting with butter or margarine!

Browning vegetables with garlic will bring out the veggies’ innate and delicious flavor!

A three ounce slice of turkey without skin is only 135 calories, one gram of fat, 52 milligrams of sodium, and is relatively healthy. However, watch out for what you add to the turkey! Roasting your turkey to a recommended internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit will keep the turkey moist and retain its palate pleasing taste without adding unhealthy gravies or butter-based marinades!

Help out with kitchen duty! Have a conversation with those around the dinner table. The more you do, the less you’ll naturally eat without realizing it.

“We know holidays are a special time of year, and we should never lose sight of friendship and company of our loved ones. The food is really secondary,” said Santacroce.

For more information about dietary consultations please call (302) 744-6828.