Oh the holidays 🎄

​​”It’s the holiday season”, and it seems that the celebrations are just never ending. With all the festivities come family gatherings, parties with friends and tons of food. Christmas is around the corner, and some of us may still be feeling the “holiday funk,” just from polishing off those Thanksgiving leftovers.

With so much attention being on food during these celebrations, it’s important to remember that the holidays are actually about much more. Keep your mind on fun activities with family and friends, and create memories –instead of extra pounds!

 ​With so many delicious dishes to choose from, remember to control your portions, and to fill your plate first with a bunch of healthy salads and vegetables, then add your protein. Here is a useful tip for those of us with a sweet tooth: When it comes time for dessert, sample those favorite homemade goods rather than pre-packaged storebought ones, because you can have those any other time of the year!

​You may have gotten off track when it comes to healthy eating and healthy habits, but that doesn’t mean we have to continue! Thankfully, New Years is right around the corner, and that gives us reason to jump-start our “new” healthy habits this Christmas. With that being said, there are always healthy alternatives and replacements for those commonly unhealthy holiday meals.

Impress some relatives or friends with these healthy recipes at your upcoming Christmas parties: 

Avocado Yogurt Dip

Apricot Canapés

Red & white salad

Cranberry orange nut cookies 

– Alyssa Palardy, PennState Student in Nutritional Sciences 


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