Enjoy Holiday Hoopla Without Gaining a Pound

Have a Backup Plan


Keep your purse or desk stocked with healthy, portion-controlled emergency snacks. I like small bags of nuts mixed with dry cereal, nutrition bars or granola bars (200 calories or less), roasted edamame, and portable fruit, like apples and bananas. Having an appealing, good-for-you snack stash can help you fight the urge to gobble down tempting, calorie-laden seasonal treats at the office or head to a bakery or convenience store when hunger strikes. If you’re traveling during the holidays, follow the same advice: Pack your own healthy snacks for the car, plane, or train so that you’re less vulnerable to making bad choices.