Ask the RD: How can I enjoy holiday desserts?

Q: How can I incorporate desserts into my holiday eating?

A: Nothing makes a holiday sweeter than a little sugar! You don’t need to deprive yourself of your favourite desserts; it just requires some planning.

  • Desserts are often quite high in carbohydrate content. If you know you’ll want a dessert after the meal, try platemethodtaking smaller portions of carbohydrates during the main course.
  • The “Healthy Plate” is a tool you can use to assure you’re getting a proper portion of different foods. Ideally, half of your plate should include vegetables. One quarter should contain protein, like turkey, chicken, or fish. The other quarter would contain starchy foods like potatoes, rice, pasta, or bread. Imagine your dessert fitting on this plate in the same quarter as the starch. Cut back on the foods in this corner to leave some space for your favourite treat!

Assistance provided by Leandra Rabinovitch, dietetic intern

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