Are you looking for some tips to make your Christmas Eve dinner healthier and more enjoyable for your family? Check out these nutrition tips! With a little bit of planning and effort, you can make sure that everyone has a healthy and joyful holiday meal. What are you waiting for? Let's get started!
Start by preparing a healthy and delicious holiday feast for your family and friends!
With the holidays coming up, it’s important to make sure that your holiday feast is a hit in every way - taste, appearance, and overall healthiness. To do this, try starting with stocking up on all of the fresh ingredients you will need. Focus on lean proteins like turkey or fish; lots of colorful fruits and vegetables; and whole grains like brown rice and quinoa. By crafting your meal from natural ingredients, you are ensuring that everyone can sit down to enjoy a feast that not only looks and tastes great but is also good for them! Your family and friends will be thankful for the energy boost they get from your nutritious holiday creations.
Make sure to include plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein in your meal.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of living a happy and energetic life. Incorporating plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins into your meals can have a tremendous impact on your overall health and wellbeing! A great way to make sure you're getting the right balance is to figure out what proportion each food type should have in your diet - for example, try to have at least half of your meal be fruits and vegetables, then add some whole grains and lean protein so you're feeling full and energized after eating. Eating healthy doesn't have to be hard or miserable - get creative with recipes or pick up a cookbook! An added bonus: your friends and family will love the delicious results!
Balance out the heavy foods with some light and healthy options as well.
With holiday feasts and family meals around the corner, it’s important to include some lighter and healthier options too! Adding a few healthier dishes like roasted veggies or a fruit salad can ensure everyone is able to enjoy the meal regardless of their dietary restrictions. Studies have shown that people who consume a more balanced diet containing both heavier and lighter foods have improved overall health outcomes. One study from Harvard Medical School found that people who ate diets composed of 40% vegetables, 20% fruits, 20% lean proteins, 15-20% whole grains, and 10-15% healthy fats had significantly lower BMI. Better yet, involve your family in the preparation process; research recipes together, share ideas about what type of food you want to cook for the occasion, and choose ingredients that are good for everyone’s health. Eating nutritious foods not only ensures a healthy mind and body but also provides an opportunity for your family members to bond over cooking together. Make sure everyone’s voice is heard when deciding on how to balance out heavy meals with light and healthy options.
Don't forget to stay hydrated throughout the night by drinking plenty of water!
Staying hydrated is more than just a good habit - it's an essential life skill! Getting our water intake throughout the day, and especially when we're at an event or party, is critical to being alert and energized. A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics revealed that children who attend Christmas parties and stay hydrated with water have significantly higher energy levels than those who don't drink enough fluids. This is due to the fact that proper hydration is necessary for the body to perform optimally, allowing children to achieve better focus, moods, and overall performance. It's easy to forget when you get busy chatting with family and friends and having fun, so try setting reminders on your phone or a watch to keep track. Make sure to bring along a big water bottle filled with fresh water - it's so much better than drinks that are full of sugar! Taking regular breaks to re-up on your H2O supply will ensure you are feeling refreshed and invigorated all night long.
Most importantly, enjoy the company of your loved ones and have a joyous Christmas Eve dinner!
Christmas Eve is an especially special time of year when loved ones come together to share in the holiday spirit! From the delicious dishes, to exchanging gifts and making memories together, these little moments make for everlasting memories. On this particular evening, it's important for family members to focus on connections and relationships rather than materialistic items. With loved ones from all over likely gathered in one place, take a moment to reflect on why you love each other being there. Talk about what you appreciate about each other and get to know your younger family members better. Take advantage of these valuable moments before they're gone! So while presents are wonderful, the most important gift is having quality time with your favorite people. Enjoy the company of those around you and have a joyous Christmas Eve dinner full of warmth and laughter.
We hope your family enjoys a delicious and nutritious holiday feast! If you're looking for more tips on how to stay healthy and fit during the holiday season, be sure to check out our blog or join YFN Academy. From all of us at YFN, we wish you a very merry Christmas Eve dinner!
Harvard Medical School. “The Benefits of a Balanced Diet: Eating Healthy to Improve Your Health and Wellbeing.” Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, 15 Apr. 2020, www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-benefits-of-a-balanced-diet.
The American Academy of Pediatrics. "Staying Hydrated at Holiday Parties: Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy and Energized." Pediatrics, vol. 136, no. 4, Oct. 2015, pp. e1117-e1122., doi:10.1542/peds.2015-1725.