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231220-N-HU933-8960

“Cocktails and Colas and Caffeine, Oh My!”… During more formal holiday dining circumstances, Kayla Kangiser, NHB registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes care and education specialist, advocated the following. 1. Grab a Plate. Take a glance at the foods that are available and put the foods that are most appealing on a plate. “This is particularly helpful with appetizers to avoid excessive intake before the main meal,” explained Kangiser. 2. Slow Down. “The holidays are a wonderful time to build relationships and connect with family and friends,” Kangiser noted. “But make an attempt to slow your chewing while engaging with others to avoid overeating.” 3. Limit/Avoid Sugary Beverages. One cup of Eggnog will add about 20 grams – five teaspoons of sugar - and about 220 calories to your holiday. “Swap that eggnog for a sparkling cranberry beverage made with six ounce lime seltzer water, two ounce 100 percent cranberry juice and garnish with sliced lime and cranberries to save about 200 calories,” suggested Kangiser. “Best option is always water. Jazz it up with some fancy garnishes such as sliced citrus, cranberries or fresh herbs for the holiday season.” (Official Navy photo by Douglas H Stutz, NHB/NMRTC Bremerton public affairs officer)

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