A Novel (and Healthful) Tradition

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Does your family have holiday traditions you follow every year? In my family, we each open one small gift on Christmas Eve and we usually have lamb on Christmas day. This got me thinking, why don’t we do something that’s a little different?

This holiday, you could start a tradition to cook a new, healthier dish that’s different each year. It can be a special way to put cancer prevention into your holidays and get a jump-start on your New Year’s resolutions.

In our ‘Something Different’ column, Dana Jacobi wrote about one of her favorite traditions, “The Feast of Seven Fishes”. This dish includes a variety of fresh seafood and fragrant herbs that might be the perfect “something new” for your holiday.

When you try out a new recipe (especially one like this that requires careful timing and unfamiliar ingredients – like calamari), recruit help so it isn’t as daunting.

If I’m following a new recipe, my roommate and I make it together. We have more fun cooking with each other, and often try out more interesting recipes. We also tend to cook healthier, because we are more likely to make dishes with lots of fresh vegetables and grains that may take a bit longer to cook.

Check out the variety of delectable Holiday Recipes from AICR’s Test Kitchen, grab a friend or family member to cook with, and start your tradition to cook something new this season!

What are your healthy holiday food traditions?


Author: Sonja Goedkoop

Sonja Goedkoop, MSPH, RD, is the lead registered dietitian at Zesty, Inc. She is passionate about helping others improve their health through diet and physical activity and believes eating nutritious food should be easy and taste great. You can follow her on Twitter @SonjaGoedkoopRD.

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