Harvard Heart Letter

8-step plan for heart-healthy holiday dinners

Here’s an eight-step plan for heart-healthy holiday meals: 1. Snack before the meal. Having a little protein and carbohydrate on board will keep you from overeating. 2. Limit appetizers; they tend to be fatty and salty. If you’re a guest, bring a platter of colorful raw vegetables. 3. Eat only foods important to you; skip everyday stuff like rolls and butter. 4. Savor each bite; talk to others. It should take 25 minutes to finish your meal. 5. If dessert is important to you, have a small portion or share one. If not so important, finish the meal with a cup of tea or coffee. 6. Easy on the alcohol. It’s high in calories—and might make you lose track of your plan. 7. Walk away from uneaten food on the table. 8. Stay active throughout the holiday. Plan fun activities with your loved ones.
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