The Grinch is a Party Popper

The Grinch is one of Dr. Suess’ most beloved characters, and at Christmas we love to watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.   Today’s snack is a perfect finger food to put out for the kids at a Christmas party. These would also be perfect for a Christmastime sleepover, featuring…
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Dietitian's Tip of the Month

5 Tips for Navigating the Holiday Scene Sensibly

‘Tis the season for holiday gatherings and friendly fetes. A beautiful time of year, but also a time in which we are surrounded with treats everywhere we look – making it tough to stick to healthy intentions.

 

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What’s a gal to do? Follow these tips to navigate your next party food scene the healthy way.

  1. ADD SPARKLE. Fill your glass with sparkling water garnished with a lime to save yourself hundreds of calories. Did you know a single glass of a rich red wine can set you back more than 200 calories? [Insert tears here]
  2. SNACK BEFORE. As you are finishing up your makeup and heading out the door, grab a nutritious snack to help prevent you from going to crazy at the appetizer line. Think fruit, string cheese, veggies and hummus, or a handful of nuts.
  3. FILL YOUR PLATE. Ahem, ONCE. Fill your plate once and as you do make half of it veggies and fruit, one-quarter protein and one-quarter your treat. 
  4. MINGLE + JINGLE. Dance and catch up with your friends and family rather than hovering over the food. Just step away…
  5. SLOW DOWN. If you will be at the gathering for more than a couple of hours, pace yourself. Scope out the food options, fill up on your veggies and make your decision on what treat or cocktail you prefer for the evening. There will be more holiday fetes and more treats to come. 

A bonus tip? Have fun and be present! Your presence with your loved ones is what you will remember looking back. That glass of eggnog? Not so much. As the old saying goes, “a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.” 

Happy Holidays!

Jessica Corwin, MPH, RDN

Resident MommyRD

Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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Holiday Vegetable Tray

Veggie Tray

A little creativity can get your standard veggie tray ready for holiday partying. Vegetable trays are popular for a reason. They are easy and pretty hard to mess up! This appetizer is purposely designed as a last-minute party idea with…

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10 Tips Toward Healthier Holiday Treats

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The holidays. A time for giving, gratitude, and eating, LOTS of eating. Whether we want the extra calories or not, indulgent desserts and rich appetizers will be greeting us at each gathering (even in the office kitchen!) between now and New…

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Peppermint Shake – The Perfect Holiday Treat!

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The holiday season is approaching quickly and we have a simple peppermint shake recipe to get you and your kids in the mood for the holiday season! So simple and tasty too, we are confident this will be a hit…

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Edible Holiday Forest- A Great Family Tradition and Kid Friendly Recipe

  Make holiday memories with an Edible Forest: an easy and fun project that may become a family tradition Let’s face it: Sometimes we just don’t have time to do everything the way we would like. If making a gingerbread house this holiday season doesn’t fit your schedule, this project is the answer. It has all of the fun elements that make gingerbread houses so cool to create—but without the extra trouble of baking, building a structure, making cement-like icing, and so on. [caption id="attachment_5958" align="aligncenter" width="465"] Display Tip Place decorated “trees” on a bed of coconut snow![/caption] Use your favorite icing recipe or punt to store-bought frosting along with the rest of the items. Use sugar cones from the ice cream aisle then let the kids pick an array of candies to use as decorations. White icing gives the “trees” a nice snowy effect, or use green food coloring if you like. Try shredded coconut for fresh “snowfall.” Placing candies in a muffin tin makes for easy access and allows you to control amounts, too. We think decorating your…
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