Making Healthier Holiday Choices

Posted on December 14, 2020

Thinking of new ways to achieve a healthier holiday season while still enjoying your favorites? Here are some simple solutions for a more well-balanced celebration:

  • Look for smarter substitutions. Rather than preparing your family’s favorite entrées or side dishes featuring ingredients high in fat, sugar or calories, give some healthier habits a try. The American Heart Association recommends using vegetable oils (like olive oil) instead of butter; serving whole-grain breads and pastas instead of white; and baking, grilling or steaming vegetables instead of frying.
  • Eat your greens first. Before your family dives into the main courses, make sure to serve an assortment of salad and vegetable options. Stocking up on greens will allow your kids to fill their plates with healthier choices (and their tummies with essential nutrients).
  • Add orange to the menu. Pumpkins make a delicious and healthy dessert item (beyond the classic pie). These bright orange fruits are packed with vitamins A and C, omega-3, beta-carotene and fiber. Try roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin bread or add puree to favorites such as pancakes for an extra pack of goodness.
  • Increase physical activity. After the plates are cleared, head outside for some calorie-burning activities. Take a peaceful stroll around the block or play a fun game of football. In inclement weather, have an indoor dance party!