This time of year brings family and friends together for celebrations of many kinds. But no matter which holiday you’re celebrating, AICR can help you keep it healthy.
We get asked a lot of questions about how to handle “Holiday Hangups” — those issues unique to this time of year that complicate your efforts to eat healthy, get your 30 minutes of activity in, and stay a healthy weight.
Now through January 1st, we’ll be featuring tips on a host of Holiday Hangups every day. Check out our Facebook page and Twitter feed for answers to questions about:
How to prepare healthy and delicious holiday dishes
How to manage this busy time of year and still find time to exercise
Techniques for managing holiday parties that feature lots of alcohol and rich foods
How to cook for a vegetarian or vegan guest
How to avoid stress — and “stress-eating”
How to satisfy your kid’s sweet tooth in healthy ways
How to cook the unusual vegetables and grains that find their way to the holiday table
Pumpkin is so nutritious, it shouldn’t be reserved just for pumpkin pie. Our Health-e-Recipe for Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is a delicious way to sneak more pumpkin into an everyday dish.
Teeming with beta-carotene, which turns to vitamin A in our bodies, pumpkin and other orange winter squash varieties (think butternut and acorn) also provide cancer-preventive fiber. They can be added to soups, stews and other vegetable dishes.
In this recipe, unsweetened pumpkin purée is added to whole-wheat pasta with Parmesan and cheddar cheeses and mustard powder to create a healthy entree. It even provides a hefty 17 grams of fiber per serving. Serve it with a green veggie like lightly steamed broccoli, which researchers pointed out last week at our annual conference retains its cancer-fighting compounds best when steamed for 3-4 minutes.
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Like nuts, seeds contain fiber and healthy fats. They can be used for a garnish, as a crunchy coating for fish and poultry or in baked goods like muffins. Each type of seed has fiber and phytochemicals that provide health protection. For example, flaxseed is being studied for possible breast cancer prevention because of its omega-3 fats.
In this recipe, pumpkin seeds are a healthy treat that provide minerals including iron, magnesium and zinc. During harvest season, some folks like to take them right from the pumpkin, clean them and toast them in their shells. But you can find the tasty kernels already packaged (sometimes labeled “pepitas”).
This recipe mixes pumpkin seeds with anti-inflammatory spices ginger and paprika, along with cinnamon, cloves and a little brown sugar. The spices make a small amount satisfying, so you can eat this healthy snack without going overboard with calories. You could even pre-package individual servings in resealable plastic snack bags.
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