Posts Tagged ‘Christmas food’

5 Tips for Serving a Healthy Christmas Meal Everyone Will Enjoy

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

by Leigh Ann Otte

Merry Christmas!

Looking for some healthy twists to dish out this year? Here are five tips, based on advice from registered dietitians Jill Weisenberger and Sarah-Jane Bedwell in this week’s featured article, “Healthy Christmas Tips: Meals, Eggnog and Parties“:

  1. For every calorie-rich dish, serve two vegetable dishes or something else that’s healthy.
  2. Dairy free Silk Nog saves you almost half the calories of eggnog and all the saturated fat. (It’s in the dairy-free milk-alternatives section of your grocery store. It’s made of soymilk.)
  3. If anyone balks at the idea of a healthier Christmas, invite the person to bring a traditional dish he or she would enjoy. It’s OK to have options.
  4. If you can find it, serve festive-looking star fruit (pictured right) with the Christmas cookies.
  5. Serve crustless pie.

After a wonderful meal, go for a wonderful walk! Above all, enjoy the weekend. Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a freelance writer specializing in health and aging. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

Chestnuts Roasting in a Closed Oven …

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

Chestnuts are weird little things. They’ve been called “the grain that grows on trees,” says registered dietitian Tina Ruggiero. They’ve got complex carbohydrates and even vitamin C. Weirder still … we carol about them every year, but have you ever eaten one?

Wanna try? There’s a roasting recipe in this week’s featured article, by Ruggiero. If they don’t turn out, at least you’ll have the oven preheated for s’mores.

Why don’t we have a carol for them?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com.
This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

A Cranberry Extravaganza (and Why to Smash Them on the Floor)

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

True or false: the best cranberries are bright red.

Answer: false! According to this week’s featured article, by registered dietitian Linda Yerardi:

They come in many shades of red, so color isn’t a reliable indicator of age or freshness.

But the freshest once may bounce. So there’s that.

Learn cranberry health facts, ideas for using them and even a bit of history in our berry special holiday feature. (Can you really blame me?) Plus, here’s a dressing recipe that features the red delights.

Have you made a dish with fresh cranberries this year? How did it turn out?

Merry Christmas, and happy holidays!

Will your holiday guests have allergies or asthma? Here are some tips for a happy, allergy-free holiday.

Friday, November 14th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Your mother-in-law is coming to visit and she’s ALLERGIC TO YOUR CAT?  Potential disaster on the horizon.  Alleviate situation like this by following some simple tips from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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