With Christmas less than a week away, your thoughts are probably wandering away from work and more toward your plans for time off. Maybe you’re searching for recipes to serve the in-laws who just announced they’re stopping by. Maybe you’re still trying to find the perfect gift or worrying about how to pay for it. And you’re probably feeling just a tad stressed.
Enter our holiday guide. Keep reading for tips on staying healthy, inside and out, while having fun.
Healthy Holiday Recipes and Cooking Tips
As I write this, I’m trying to avoid going back to the office kitchen for another Christmas cookie (with frosting!). Here are a few recipes that are just as satisfying but somewhat healthier than those cookies.
- Caramelized Onions. OK, you’re probably not going to serve these plain. But this healthier version of this staple makes a great sandwich topping or addition to mashed potatoes and pasta.
- Healthy Holiday Menu Swaps. Is Mom’s cranberry sauce shaped suspiciously like a can? Add taste and cut calories with these homemade swaps for store-bought staples.
- Edamame Hummus. Try this for guests instead of the traditional cheese ball.
- Crostini with Spinach and Goat Cheese. Can’t bring yourself to swap edamame hummus for a cheese ball? Try these instead.
- Roasted Root Vegetables with Maple-Cider Vinaigrette. This savory dish will pair up well with your holiday turkey, ham or even tofurkey.
- Cumin-Cinnamon Sweet Potato Wedges. If sweet potato fries and pumpkin pie had a baby, this would be the result.
Take Care of Yourself, Too: Stress-Busters and Holiday Heart Syndrome
Cramming more events into your already-packed schedule, family drama and financial worries can make the holidays extremely stressful. Taking time to take care of yourself by exercising will improve your physical and emotional health.
- For a Heart-Healthy Holiday, Keep Stress in Check. Find out how stress affects your heart.
- [VIDEO] 17 Ways to Fight Holiday Stress. This has tips for setting holiday expectations with kids, too.
- Holiday Heart Syndrome. Ever experienced a pounding in your chest, a racing heart and shortness of breath? This condition isn’t life-threatening, but you shouldn’t ignore it, either.
- 10-Minute Office Workouts. Fitting in exercise is tough. You can do these in between meetings at work.
“It’s better to give than receive.” Maybe when you were a kid, you were skeptical about this, but as adults we know it’s really true. Here are a few ideas.
- 18 Holiday Gift Ideas. Gifts for the healthy food lover, someone who loves or wants to love exercise and stocking stuffers.
- Organ Donation: The Gift of Life. If you haven’t already, consider registering as an organ donor. You just might ensure someone gets to celebrate next Christmas.
- Help us treat patients, research new treatments and educate students. Even a small gift makes a big difference.
- Volunteer at the hospital. Your time is valuable, too. We have over 50 volunteer programs to choose from.