Whether you're hosting others or simply stockpiling basics to survive between parties without subsisting on that one jar of peanut butter in your pantry, Eliza Savage, RD at Middleberg Nutrition says being prepared is the key to staying balanced.
"Planning ahead requires some preparation, but it can make or break your healthy holiday habits," Savage says. "Whether it’s scheduling a grocery delivery, batch cooking your breakfasts, or waking up early for a workout, taking time to prepare yourself (and your family) for a hectic day (or week, or month!) is key for staying healthy during the holidays."
To help with the grocery part, we asked Savage to share what she adds to her list during the most hectic time of the year. On top of the pro-level nutrition tips, she shared another holiday hack: You can get same-day delivery on almost everything with Shipt from Target, so you can cross grocery shopping off your way-too-long to-do list without even leaving your house. Winning the holidays, one grocery order at a time.
Scroll down for her complete holiday grocery list for the ultimate healthy season.
"I must say I’m a La Croix addict—what a delicious, refreshing way to hydrate," Savage says. "La Croix is a must-have in my kitchen, especially for my guests who choose not to drink. It’s also a great calorie-free mixer for those who do imbibe."
"Don’t nibble on the leftovers," Savage says. "Save them for lunch or dinner the next day. I'm quick to pack up leftovers in glass storage containers like these ones."
"These adorable, delicious, and highly nutritious clementines do double duty as a snack and table decor," Savage says. "I like to have fresh fruit and veggies around for guests to snack on, so I’ll typically fill a nice glass vase or bowl with the festive orange fruit."
"If I’m hosting guests for breakfast, I don’t want to be a short-order cook," Savage says. "I’m a huge fan of oat-based, make-ahead breakfasts like overnight oats or blender breads, and three-ingredient pancakes made with oats, eggs, and banana are a family favorite. Have a super picky guest? A warming bowl of oats with a little topping bar can usually do the trick."
"When I need a quick pick-me-up, I grab a handful of protein and healthy-fat-filled nuts," Savage says. "This satisfying snack provides sustaining energy and prevents me from overeating later on. I usually place a few bowls of unsalted, raw nuts around the party for people to nosh on."
"Yes, I’m a dietitian, but I truly love veggies!" Savage says. "I make sure to always have a tray of pre-cut veggies on hand for a quick and easy appetizer when unexpected guests show up. To boost nutrition, I swap out the ranch dressing for a protein-packed hummus."
"The holiday season is all about balance," Savage says. "Why not bake something healthier for your guests to enjoy? No need to bake anything from scratch when you have this almond flour brownie mix. I can guarantee your friends and family will gobble down these deliciously fudgy (but better-for-you) brownies."
"Hosting during the holiday season is incredibly fun, but can be stressful," Savage says. "I’m a huge fan of essential oils to help manage my stress response. Diffusing this lavender and chamomile oil helps to create a sense of calm in my home. I also carry this small bottle in my purse. When I feel the need to reset, I rub a bit on my wrists and take a deep inhale."
"The stress and hustle bustle of the holiday season can lead to digestive woes and a weakened immune system," Savage says. "I’m sure to take my daily probiotics to ensure that I’m in tip-top shape for my guests. Gut health is always in season."
"When all the guests leave (and clean up is done), there’s nothing better than a long soak in an epsom salt bath," Savage says. "Epsom salts can help to debloat your belly and soothe aching muscles. The sweet lavender scent of this product helps me to relax and sets me up for a restful night of sleep, which is key for resetting hormones that influence hunger and satiety cues."
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