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Holiday Eating Tips

Contributed by: NAPSA

(NAPSA) - Overeating whether at the holidays or any other time of year is never a healthy idea, according to experts. This year, follow these tips from the American Heart Association for heart-healthy dining:

  • Take only small servings of rich, fat-laden foods, such as gravy, heavy sauces and rich desserts.

  • Fill up on fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

  • Limit alcohol consumption to 1 drink a day for women and 2 drinks a day for men.

  • Eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol snack before holiday get-togethers so you won't be as hungry during meal-time.

Try fruit or baked chips and salsa.

If you're preparing the meal, help friends and family eat heart-healthy during the holidays and all year long by:

  • Offering fresh fruits and vegetables at the table and as snacks and appetizers.

  • Including whole grains in the meal, such as rice, oatmeal and whole grain bread.

  • Cooking with and serving low-fat or no-fat dairy products.

  • Serving 4 oz. of fish, skinless poultry and lean cuts of meat (about the size of a deck of cards).

  • Using low-fat cooking techniques, such as roasting meat on a rack.

  • Purchasing and serving foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Another quick tip:

Look for the American Heart Association's heart-check mark on foods in the grocery store. This mark quickly identifies foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol that can be part of a heart-healthy diet for healthy people over the age of 2.

The American Heart Association's Food Certification Program is for healthy people over age two. If you have a special medical condition, contact your physician or registered dietitian about your diet.

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