This post was sponsored by the National 4-H Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
It can be easy for many of us to lose track of our healthy eating goals during the holiday season. With so many sweets and processed foods at every holiday party and event, along with the cravings that can come with the colder weather and holiday movies, it can be hard to resist the foods we normally say no to.
Here are my 3 tips for Eating Healthy during the Holiday Season
Eat something before you go to a holiday party. If you and your family show up to a holiday function with empty bellies, your more likely to over eat all the tempting treats available. Instead, eat some fresh fruit or a salad before leaving home, so that you are less likely to over eat at the party and are still getting in some nutritious food.
Eat what is best first. When you head to the buffet you’ll likely find a table full of veggies, bread, sweets, and turkey. Eat the veggies and turkey first, and save a little room to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Make your own treats for home, and to bring to holiday functions. A perfect way to make sure you have a healthy option to eat is to bring one, and keep the foods your family is going to be wanting at home. Instead of eating a piece of pie that is full of sugar, pastes, and ingredients we don’t know about, my family makes a simple apple pie. We cut up a few apples and mix them with cinnamon and a drizzle of honey, cook the apples for 10 minutes while making an easy pie crust. Then use the apples as the filling and bake the crust. This gives us a delicious sweet treat that I feel better about feeding my kids.
We eat apples like this without the pie crust quite often for a quick and easy sweet treat.
Holiday Spirit of Giving
My kids love to cook with me, and I am blessed to be to have the resources to cook healthy meals with them. Unfortunately, this is not the case for too many! Nearly 16 million children live in households that don’t have consistent access to food throughout the year.
However, 4-H Food Smart Families targets families that are eligible for or receiving SNAP/WIC and is helping create more food secure homes by teaching families how to plan, shop and prepare healthy meals on a budget.
This includes two components, equipping youth and their families by empowering them to make healthy living part of their everyday lives and helping them with things such as cooking skills and food budgeting skills. While also connecting families with nutrition assistance resources in their community. Knowledge is power, and this is gives families who are struggling to make ends meet, the knowledge they need to be able to feed their families well.
Since 2011, United Healthcare and 4-H have partnered together to deliver healthy living programs to more than 340,000 youth and their families in 14 states!
The goal is to continue to test the 4-H Food Smart Families program in select states. With the end goal of replicating and expanding the program across the entire country.