Holiday Traditions

Holiday Traditions 28October

The last two months of the year traditionally involve lots of “food” events, as friends and family gather for holiday celebrations. Food tends to evoke memories and most families have favorite dishes that they like to prepare.

Again, this year, there may be fewer large holiday gatherings and many families may not be getting together at all. Regardless, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on the upcoming holidays and the positive food memories you’d like to create this year. 

When asked, most families say spending time together is the most important part of the holidays. This year can you do this without spending hours in the kitchen?  I’ve heard so many people lament that their holiday meals “took eight hours to cook and just minutes to eat.” What can you do to simplify and still enjoy a meal and special time with friends and family?

Don’t get stuck with old traditions. Maybe these traditions are not that important to others. As more families are “blended” and “new” families are created it might be time to start some new traditions.

It is always important to consider those in your family who have special food needs. Perhaps they are vegetarian or vegan. Or maybe they have allergies or intolerances.  What foods could be prepared to meet their individual needs? Accommodating these needs may create a special food memory for them and a new tradition for everyone else.

Can you make modifications to some “must-have” foods that will make them more healthful?  Is there a way to reduce the sugar, change the fat or add a whole grain? Look for recipes that can help lighten up your holiday meal.  It may be as simple as taking a fruit or a vegetable to the holiday gathering. Others may be looking for more healthful fare, too.

Debra Loder, RDN

Use your imagination!  Google healthy recipes!  Or give me a call!

Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!


Debra Loder, RDN


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