UNL Extension Educator Says Moderation Is Key When Eating During the Holidays

Dec. 16, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. — It is possible to enjoy those holiday buffets without sacrificing healthy eating. The key is moderation, said University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator Kayla Colgrove.

"Enjoy your food but try to enjoy the treats in moderation," Colgrove said. "It is all about balance."

Colgrove recommends filling plates half full of fruits and vegetables and then taking smaller portions of unhealthier foods. Even eating healthy foods can lead to weight gain if too much is eaten.

 "For the unhealthier options, just eat less of them," Colgrove said. "Load up on fruits and veggies that don't have a lot of sauces and cheeses."

Colgrove said to be careful of the buffet-style dinners, as people tend to overeat at buffets.

“Wait 10 minutes before getting seconds to make sure you are really hungry,” she said.

Recipes also can be modified to make them healthier, Colgrove said.

One suggestion is to replace regular sour cream or cream cheese with their low-fat options.

For more information about eating healthy, visit food.unl.edu.

Kayla Colgrove
Extension Educator
Gage County

Heather Haskins
Student Writer

Sandi Alswager Karstens
IANR News Service