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  • Juanita Weaver-Reiss

Practical tips and tools to master/manage the holidays

Wow! It is November. Hard to believe that it is already almost Thanksgiving and then Christmas will be here too.

I wanted to do something a little different this year. Do a series of tips to master/manage the holidays. Just some practical things. Not things like how to cook your turkey or the best places to shop to save money on your gifts. But little tidbits that give you practical tips and tools.

Since Thanksgiving comes first - some of the first tools and tips will be about that holiday.

Christmas will be here soon enough.

  1. Before you buy your thanksgiving turkey and the food for the meal, make room in your refrigerator to fit the food for the special meal on the shelves. This will ensure that you can safely store your food, both before the meal and after the meal is over.

Healthful holiday side dishes.

Starchy Sides: Grains, Potatoes, Pasta, etc

  1. Steamed brown rice

  2. Baked potato topped with nonfat plain Greek yogurt and chopped green onion

  3. Baked winter squash, garnished with a sprinkle of cinnamon

  4. Corn kernels with light margarine

  5. Whole wheat orzo pasta tossed with olive oil, diced tomatoes, and Parmesan

Vegetables and Salads:

  1. Tossed salad

  2. Steamed broccoli with lemon

  3. Sautéed spinach

  4. Broiled asparagus

  5. Mixed vegetable stir-fry

  6. Boiled fresh beets

  7. Roasted carrots

  8. Microwaved green beans with red onions


  1. A bowl of berries

  2. Fresh orange wedges

  3. A plate of seasonal fruits

  4. Microwave "baked" apple wedges, topped with apple pie spice

From Food and Health Communications

Wishing you Best Health and safe Turkey day!


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