Healthy Eating During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can bring lots of rich, calorie-dense foods. High-calorie foods with little nutritional value, like potato chips, sugar-sweetened drinks, candy, baked goods, and alcoholic beverages, are sometimes called “empty calories.” These foods can be extra tempting during the holiday season.

But you can make smart, nutritious food choices during the holidays!

  • Choose leaner cuts of meat, beans, and low-fat dairy products.
  • Avoid fried foods and look for ones that are baked, broiled, braised, steamed, grilled, or sautéed instead.
  • Choose fresh fruit desserts over baked goods or candy.
  • Use fresh herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor your food.

Learn more about making smart food choices for healthy aging on the NIH website.