After a devastating computer crash last week, I am finally back up and blogging!
Staying healthy during the holiday season without sabotaging your diet or exercise regimen can be a challenge. This December, Eat Chic will offer daily healthy holiday tips to get you through the stressful shopping and festive parties and leave you looking great and feeling fabulous by Christmas!
Identify situations that make it difficult to eat healthy during the holiday season. Holiday shopping at the mall can leave you famished and reaching for French fries or a gooey cinnamon roll. However, there are healthy options at the mall food court! Focus on items with lean protein, whole grains, and lots of veggies; the protein and grains will give you the energy you need to keep shopping while the fiber in the veggies will keep you feeling fuller longer!
Check out these nutritious menu items next time you’re at the mall!
PF Chang’s China Bistro– Split the Asian Grilled Salmon with a friend. (230 calories, 12g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 17g protein)
California Pizza Kitchen – Choose the half order of the Moroccan Chicken Salad. (412 calories, 27g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 12g protein)
Starbucks – Snack on the Artisan Snack Plate, which includes chicken, whole grain flatbread, veggies, and hummus. (250 calories, 9g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 17g protein)
Au Bon Pain– The Mayan Chicken Harvest Rice Bowl offers lean protein, whole grains, and veggies. (510 calories, 13g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 27g protein)
Panda Express – While most Chinese dishes are loaded in sodium and MSG, if your foot court choices are limited choose the Chinese Broccoli Beef. (340 calories, 4g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 14g protein)
Subway – Load up on the veggies with the 6-inch Veggie Delight with Swiss on whole grain bread (330 calories, 12g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 12g protein)
Panera – The Asian Sesame Chicken Salad makes the perfect lunch with lean protein and fiber-filled veggies. (400 calories, 20g total fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 31g protein)
McDonalds – Snack on the Fruit and Walnut Salad with Vanilla Yogurt to keep you fueled. (210 calories, 8g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 4g protein)
The goal to eating healthy on the run it to have a plan ahead of time to help you stay on track. Go online and look at the nutritional information for menu items at restaurants in your mall before you leave to house to hit the shops!