10 Holiday Foods That Won’t Ruin Your Fitness Progress

Christmas food that wont ruin your fitness progress

Okay, sorry that dessert image was a trick! Watch out, guys. The holidays are around the corner and the excitement is high. Also high are the calories, fat, sugar, and sodium! To be fair, you did wait a whole year to let loose and indulge, right? So yes, it’s okay to have a taste of the mouthwatering food and sweets, but don’t pile it on your plate! Having said that, not all holiday foods are bad for you. In fact, we’ve found 10 holiday foods that won’t ruin your fitness progress…

Turkey

As long as you don’t drown your turkey in gravy, it’s all good! Turkey is not only a good source of lean protein but is also packed with zinc, iron, potassium and B vitamins. Just leave the skin though. I know, it’s the tasty part, sorry!

Holiday foods that won't ruin your fitness progress.

Fruits for Dessert

Yummm, cheese and crackers with sliced fruit? Heck yeah! What a great way to start a meal. And the good thing about fruits is that it’s also perfect as a dessert. Try poached pears or raisin-stuffed apples for a change.

Cruciferous Vegetables

If there is one thing you should be filling your plate up with it should be these guys — Kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower. They are all low in calories, very nutritious, and taste good!

Holiday foods that won't ruin your fitness progress.

Nuts

Nuts like walnuts, almonds, and pecans are full of minerals, protein and healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. You can always nibble on them when you’re hungry, sprinkle some chopped nuts on a salad. One thing to note though, avoid the pecan pie. It’s not all nut but actually full of sugar and fat.

Cranberries

Oh yum, add these tasty and tart berries to vegetable side dishes and it’ll add the kick you need. You can also have cranberry juice instead of other sweetened drinks. Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamins and fiber.

Holiday foods that won't ruin your fitness progress.

Water

You don’t need me to tell you this — Your body needs to stay hydrated. And when you eat too much salty ham or alcoholic drinks, your body will need water more than ever. Make sure to hydrate during parties and when you reach home.

Whole Grain Bread

Stay away from refined white flour if you can. Whole grain bread is a better source of fiber. Whenever possible, go for 100-percent whole grain bread and dinner rolls for the most fiber.

Sweet Potatoes

I love sweet potatoes! They are high in vitamin A and related antioxidants, plus they’re a great source of fiber. Keep them lower in calories by choosing baked or simple mashed sweet potatoes.

 Holiday foods that won't ruin your fitness progress.

Green Beans

Green beans are not only delicious but also contain fiber and vitamins. They’re yummy all on their own instead of the high calorie green bean casserole.

Berries (and Yogurt)

Now we’ve come to the best part — Berries and yogurt! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are perfect with refreshing yougurt. Sprinkle with some chopped nuts and there you go… a healthy and delicious dessert.

Enjoy the holidays! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Cutting Edge Performance Centre. Woohoo!

Source: USDA

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