Holiday Foods that Fight Belly Fat

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You may have made it through some of your past holidays unscathed, or you may have tripped up badly with tempting treats. Don’t fear, we can help you stay on track with your weight loss goals during the holiday season.

Want to feel confident by the time summer rolls around? Start now by making smart choices and indulge carefully this holiday season.

While it might seem impossible to find healthy food during the holidays, there are some festive foods that can actually help fight belly fat this season.

White Meat Turkey

When it’s not drowned in gravy or covered with fattening skin, turkey is a great source of lean protein. Skip the ham and choose this holiday favorite that everyone (including your waistline) will love.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are diet-friendly and extremely nutritious–when they’re not topped with marshmallows, butter, and sugar. These flavorful root veggies are loaded with fiber and vitamins, and it’s easy to play up their great flavor with some stevia and spices like cinnamon and cloves.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been shown to make cells more receptive to insulin, which can help prevent the body from storing belly fat. This is great news, since cinnamon is an iconic holiday spice that can add guilt-free flavor to almost any healthy holiday treat.

Cranberries

Homemade cranberry relish is a great way to reap the benefits of this nutritional powerhouse. Cranberries are full of antioxidants and are low in sugar. Try sweetening your cranberries with a less-tart fruit (such as apples) for a healthy sauce or relish that has far less sugar than traditional cranberry jelly.

Squash

Winter staples, all varieties of squash are loaded with nutrients and taste great either roasted or in soups. Craving something sweet? Find a “lightened up” pumpkin pie recipe to transform this must-have holiday dessert into something far less sinful.

Red Wine

If you’re looking for a fun beverage for the holidays, red wine is your best bet. It contains antioxidants, and it’s easy to make a festive drink such as mulled wine with spices and citrus. Skip the fat-laden spiked eggnog and reach for a refined glass of wine instead.

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http://www.cookinglight.com/eating-smart/nutrition-101/healthy-holiday-foods-00400000061862/

http://toyourgoodhealthradio.com/holiday-foods-that-fight-belly-fat-guest-post-by-erin-palinski/

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/superfoods/healthy-holiday-superfoods/