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Healthy Holiday Eating as a Family

Food, food and more food. Did I say food?! The holidays – the season of gatherings with friends, family …and FOOD! It’s a busy time for families – running from school concerts to the mall, shopping for gifts, to gatherings with friends and family.

Healthy eating often tends to fall to the bottom of the list. But not this year! Use these 5 tips for healthy eating as a family this month:

1. Plan ahead

Plan your meals to make eating healthy the easy choice on days filled with holiday festivities. Make a list of fast and easy meal ideas that you and your family like to eat. Get the family involved and delegate tasks as needed.

2. Cook ahead

Cook meals ahead of time and keep them in your freezer for easy meals on the go. That means more time to enjoy with friends and family!

3. Snack healthy

Keep healthy snacks on hand, like pre-cut veggies and fruit. They will come in handy when rushing from one holiday gathering to the next.

4. Create healthy holiday food traditions

this time of year is great for bonding as a family. Healthy food traditions will stick with your kids for life. Pick a new vegetable recipe to cook together or have a healthy holiday cookie bake-off (my favorite thing to do over the holidays!).

5. Keep dessert light & fruity

Start off dessert with fruit. I love clementines this time of year! When it comes to dessert, split a piece or stop after a couple bites.

“Pick a new vegetable recipe to cook together or have a healthy holiday cookie bake off!”

All the best to you and yours this holiday! Stay safe, stay warm and stay healthy!

Yours in health,

Jenn

 

Jenn Giurgevich is a Registered Dietitian and former contract Professor at Brescia University College with a wealth of nutrition knowledge. Over the last 10+ years, Jenn has paired her love for nutrition and health with her undeniable love for fitness, working as both a personal trainer and fitness instructor.

 

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