Eat, Drink and Be Merry! Healthier Holiday Eating for Seniors During the holidays, many older adults get off-track nutritionally with the extra calories, fat, sodium and sugar in traditional favorites from eggnog to gingerbread. Below are a few tips to help seniors consume fewer unhealthy holiday foods while still reveling in festivities. Plan ahead and choose wisely. Forget winging it at holiday functions. Consider eating a light protein snack before the party and bring healthier foods to the function including a vegetable or fresh fruit tray. Select smaller portions.Sample a few bites of “off-limit” foods and practice eating in moderation overall. Choosing a smaller plate also can help with portion control. Ease up on alcoholic beverages. Alternate between drinking spirits and drinking nonalcoholic, calorie-free drinks. Stay hydrated with water throughout a gathering. Mingle or sit away from the dessert platters and buffet tables. Hovering too close to the ready-at-hand foods invites mindless munching. Right at Home Ann Arbor, a leading provider of in-home care and assistance in Metro Detroit, MI, can help older and disabled adults with better nutritional health through meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking and cleanup. For more information, call (734) 971- 5000 or visit www.rightathome.net/washtenaw.