Q. “Being busy in the holidays, I just snack during the day then eat a huge dinner. How can I keep a healthier eating routine?”
– Kate K, via email
A. Brooke Longfield, Healthy Food Guide Accredited Practising Dietitian, responds:
Over the Christmas holidays, we tend to relax our eating habits, so this is a very common trap to fall into.
While it might not seem like you’re eating much, nibbling on the odd biscuit here and there, along with drinking a couple of milky coffees can quickly add up. If you keep a record of what you snack on, all that grazing could be the kilojoule equivalent of a breakfast and lunch.
Holidays are a time when you want plenty of energy. So, start the morning with a nutritious breakfast before your busy day begins. Eggs on wholegrain toast, or a big bowl of fruity Bircher muesli with yoghurt will provide you with a good balance of satisfying protein and energising carbohydrates. This should reduce your need to snack on biscuits and other unhealthy treats.
Next, pack some healthy on-the-go snacks in your bag or glovebox just in case hunger strikes: try nuts, trail mix, high-fibre muesli bars and fruit, such as apples and grapes. This will ensure you have the energy and nourishment to enjoy your holidays.
Finally, avoid getting an energy fix from a juice, iced tea or takeaway smoothie. These can be high in sugar, lack satisfying fibre, and also add a few holiday kilojoules as unwanted souvenirs. With a little planning, you’ll keep your eating habits — and your health — right on track all summer long. Enjoy!