December 11, 2014
by Kat Lindholm

Eating Tips for the Holidays

December 11, 2014
by Kat Lindholm

by Katherine Lindholm, RD, Nutrition Services Manager
 
The holidays are here, and with the fun comes the challenges of eating healthfully in the midst of snacks, holiday cookies, casseroles, and much more! Check out some ways to keep those pounds off while still enjoying the foods that make the holidays memorable.
 
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5 Ways to Fight Holiday Pounds
1. Use smaller plates.You can always go back to get seconds, but it will be a conscious decision as opposed to mindless eating.
2. Eat breakfast. Don’t save your appetite for the holiday dinner.
3. Exercise. Play your own game of football instead of watching it on TV.
4. Put away the food after meals. This reduces the temptation to keep eating.
5. Enjoy your food…slowly. Sit down and take time to appreciate your meal (and those sharing the meal!). Savor each bite.
 
 
Healthful Holiday Foods
Holiday foods may have a bad reputation, but they are not all bad for your health! As you give presents to those you love, think of what food can give you this holiday season! Focus on finding nutrient dense holiday foods, including:

– Nuts: protein, healthy fats, fiber
– Sweet Potatoes: vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, fiber
– Green Beans: vitamin A, C, K, manganese, potassium, folate, iron
– Pumpkins: vitamin A, fiber, low in calories and fat (unless added)
– Turkey: lean protein (pass on the skin)
 
On behalf of the Nutrition Services Team and NTFB, thank you for your support of the fight against hunger in North Texas! We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season! May you have every nutrient you need, and may they all be delicious!

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Food insecurity and health issues often go hand-in-hand, so the North Texas Food Bank works to take health and nutrition into consideration while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. NTFB’s Nutrition Services team ensures that feeding programs take the nutritional needs of our clients into account. In addition to providing access to nutritious foods, NTFB also works to teach familes, individuals and children about eating nutritiously on a budget.

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by Katherine Lindholm, RD, Nutrition Services Manager
 
The holidays are here, and with the fun comes the challenges of eating healthfully in the midst of snacks, holiday cookies, casseroles, and much more! Check out some ways to keep those pounds off while still enjoying the foods that make the holidays memorable.
 
ON NOW (4)

5 Ways to Fight Holiday Pounds
1. Use smaller plates.You can always go back to get seconds, but it will be a conscious decision as opposed to mindless eating.
2. Eat breakfast. Don’t save your appetite for the holiday dinner.
3. Exercise. Play your own game of football instead of watching it on TV.
4. Put away the food after meals. This reduces the temptation to keep eating.
5. Enjoy your food…slowly. Sit down and take time to appreciate your meal (and those sharing the meal!). Savor each bite.
 
 
Healthful Holiday Foods
Holiday foods may have a bad reputation, but they are not all bad for your health! As you give presents to those you love, think of what food can give you this holiday season! Focus on finding nutrient dense holiday foods, including:

– Nuts: protein, healthy fats, fiber
– Sweet Potatoes: vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, fiber
– Green Beans: vitamin A, C, K, manganese, potassium, folate, iron
– Pumpkins: vitamin A, fiber, low in calories and fat (unless added)
– Turkey: lean protein (pass on the skin)
 
On behalf of the Nutrition Services Team and NTFB, thank you for your support of the fight against hunger in North Texas! We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season! May you have every nutrient you need, and may they all be delicious!

Holiday_4


Food insecurity and health issues often go hand-in-hand, so the North Texas Food Bank works to take health and nutrition into consideration while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. NTFB’s Nutrition Services team ensures that feeding programs take the nutritional needs of our clients into account. In addition to providing access to nutritious foods, NTFB also works to teach familes, individuals and children about eating nutritiously on a budget.

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3 Comments




  1. Darshana
    Darshana

    Dear Nutrition Services Team and NTFB,

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your commendable mission. :)

    If we really wish to eradicate hunger, we need to focus on a vegan diet. Not only that, our environment is also suffering in many ways. E.g. the amount of rain-forests that are being destroyed to grow corn and soya to feed animals to feed humans is just unimaginable. If the same crops were fed directly to human beings, there wouldn’t be a single hungry human being in this world… right now. So, I would eliminate ‘turkey’ from your excellent healthful holiday foods list. :)

    Darshana


  2. Nutrition Services
    Nutrition Services

    Thanks for your feedback! We understand the benefits of a plant-based diet and encourage people to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and non-animal protein. In fact, about 1 in 4 pounds distributed by NTFB is produce! We recognize that our clients have a variety of dietary preferences, and we strive to inspire healthier choices among all those we serve.


  3. Concerned Naturalist
    Concerned Naturalist

    Darshana,

    How could you be supporting hurting innocent plants!? Research supports that they do feel pain (http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-01-09/new-research-plant-intelligence-may-forever-change-how-you-think-about-plants). So advocating making PAIN FARMS simply for the subsistence of our species is disgusting.

    We should all be going back to hunting for our own food. Survival of the fittest. If you can’t catch, kill it, and cook it you do no deserve to exist! Simple as that!


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