In December, we are highlighting winter produce, feeding yourself when you’ve caught a bug, and rethinking holiday eating. You won’t find your typical guide to healthy holiday eating here. We are all unique and some of us celebrate in different ways, so it’s important to savour those special moments, especially if your festivities revolve around food.
Follow along below and discover weekly new ways for nourishment and enjoyable holiday eating.
If you’ve caught a cold or flu virus, it’s important to hydrate and get proper nutrition – even with a reduced appetite. Passing over food or skipping meals isn’t recommended because when you’re fighting a cold or flu virus, you need extra calories to support a higher metabolic rate.
Here are some tips and recipes to help you combat the bug:
- Hydrate! Learn about WebMD’s best (and worst) drinks to have when battling a cold.
- Check out this classic chicken soup from Eating Well.
- Try making Cooking Light’s flavourful quick chicken pho.
- When you have more energy to cook, consider Jamie Oliver’s collection of winter soup recipes. Freeze in batches so you have a quick dose of goodness when you need it most.
We are lucky to be able to enjoy great foods and flavourful ingredients – even through the chilly winter season.
Here are some recipes and tips for using in-season produce:
- Check out Eating Well’s five healthy foods you can enjoy this winter.
- To find local foods grown in December, check out FarmFolk CityFolk’s seasonal food chart.
- Try Ina Garten’s simple roasted vegetable recipe. If you want, sprinkle some goat cheese on your finished dish.
- Buy what might be an odd-looking squash and inspire yourself to do something with it. “Ugly vegetables” are not just ornamental; you can actually eat them. Check out The Spruce’s website to see the many winter squash and pumpkin varieties. You’ll also find great recipes if you scroll all the way down the page.
Week 3 and 4:
This holiday season, leave the guilt aside and mindfully enjoy meals that not only nourish your body, but also feed your soul. It is perfectly okay to eat foods that are sweeter and richer (oilier or creamier), with a reminder to always check in with your doctor if you are on a special or restrictive diet for health reasons
Check out some of my favourite go-to festive recipes:
- Spinach dip is a great potluck dish. Try Cookspiration’s version with pumpernickel bread and a variety of veggies.
- Another winner is Smitten Kitchen’s broccoli slaw. (I usually omit the buttermilk and mayo, and use Vegenaise instead.)
- Check out Vegetarian Times’ rosemary whole-wheat stuffing with figs and hazelnuts. (I usually add finely chopped carrots and celery, a bit of allspice, and replace the port with extra broth.)
If you choose to indulge a little, here are some tips on how to do it well and mindfully:
- Have a strategy to help with self-control. Check out Self’s 13 holiday healthy-eating tips from a registered dietitian.
- Check out Harvard Health’s 10 mindful eating tips.
- Read Psychology Today’s take on enjoying holiday eating.
For more recipes and tips, visit our online nutrition archive.