It’s been a great year. You focused on your health, made progress toward your goals, and hopefully lived life to its fullest. Time to celebrate! But instead of taking the night off from your healthy habits, why not work them right into your New Year’s Eve plans? It really is possible to celebrate well and stay healthy at the same time.
With that in mind, here are four tips for a healthy, fun-filled New Year celebration.
Enjoy Low-Carb Alcoholic Beverages
If your New Year’s Eve agenda includes enjoying a drink or two, there are plenty of ways to imbibe while keeping it healthy and sticking to your meal program.
Mixed drinks are pretty easy, because most hard liquors have no sugar or carbs. The trick is sticking to low-sugar, low-carb mixers like sugar-free tonic water, seltzer, or sugar-free drink mixes. Just remember, even alcohol with no sugar or carbs has 7 calories in every gram, so moderation is key.
If warm and toasty in front of the fire is more your thing, try the Lindora Creamy Eggnog recipe using our Creamy Vanilla Shake and eggs.
Choose Your Champagne Wisely
For lovers of all things bubbly, champagne toasts are still on the table this New Year’s Eve. Just choose carefully, because some champagnes have more sugar content than others.
In general, Brut is the lowest, with little or no added sugar. Extra dry and dry champagnes fall somewhere in the middle, while Demi-Sec and Doux champagnes carry a high sugar content — up to fifty grams per liter. So read the labels, pour in moderation, and belt out For Auld Lang Syne with the rest of them.
Bring Healthy Dishes to Your New Year Celebration
When you have a meal program, the party buffet table is a virtual minefield. But with a little preparation, you can eat well, celebrate heartily, and still stay healthy this New Year.
If you are hosting, consider telling guests you’ll take care of the food. If that isn’t an option, tactfully ask people to bring easy options like fruit and vegetable platters or drinks, and then take care of the more substantial food yourself. If you are a guest at someone else’s party, bring a few healthy options for everyone to enjoy.
Try these low-carb recipes for your New Year’s Eve celebration:
Set SMART Resolutions for a Healthy New Year
The end of the year is a natural time for self-reflection. On your journey toward a healthier lifestyle, now is a great time to take stock and set achievable resolutions for the New Year ahead.
Instead of making lofty, overarching resolutions, set yourself up for success with realistic, concrete goals. Consider the SMART goal-setting method: Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Relevant. Time-Based.
You’ve come so far already. Let your New Year’s resolutions propel you forward into an even healthier 2020.