Happy Holidays from our Harvest Home family to you and yours! We recommend shutting down the computer, talking instead of texting and spending some time laughing and chatting with the ones you love. Spread the joy of the season!
In between the talking and the singing, the punch and the cookies, sneak in a few tasty and healthy treats. A refreshing fruit salad makes a healthy and satisfying lunch between those heavy holiday meals. Crunchy veggies make delicious snacks. You'll have plenty of time to eat cookies later. Fruits and vegetables fuel your body with nutrition and vitamins so you can enjoy the holidays even more.
Need a fun fruit salad recipe or tasty dip? Use fat-free plain yogurt! Yogurt keeps the calorie count low and aids in digestion. For salad, combine your favorite fruits like pineapple, cantaloupe, grapes, papaya, apples or bananas in a salad with a yogurt dressing for a taste sensation. For dip, get creative! Mix and match your favorite herbs!
For Tangy Yogurt Dressing
- ½ cup plain yogurt mixed with ¼ cup lime juice and ¼ cup honey
For Sweet Yogurt Dressing
- 2 cups Greek yogurt mixed with 1 Tbsp of brown sugar and 1 Tbsp of honey
For Herb Yogurt Dip
- 1 cup plain yogurt, 1 tsp of lemon juice and 1 Tbsp of dill, curry powder or your favorite herb
REMEMBER: Holiday meals are celebrations! Eat everything, just not toooooo much of everything. If you get a little carried away (we all do), eat a little less the next day.
Enjoy the holidays! Enjoy the food! Save your waistline by balancing the meals you eat! Most importantly, have a happy and healthy new year!
Fruit Salad Combo
Sweet Fruit Combos with Sweet Yogurt Dressing
- 4 Cups of pineapple
- 1 quart Strawberries, cut in half
- 3 cups seedless green grapes
- 2 mangoes, peeled and sliced
Tangy Fruit Combos with Tangy Yogurt Dressing
- 2 cups each of cantaloupe, green grapes, pineapple
- 1 cup of bananas, sliced
- 1 ½ cups papaya
- 1 cup strawberries, cut in half
For Both Combos:
- Add the dressing just before you eat or serve the salad.
- Sprinkle a little lemon or lime juice on apples or bananas to keep them fresh.
Healthy Holiday Eating
- Fast Fruit Snacks
- Apple slices dusted with cinnamon & sugar
- Banana lightly dipped in cocoa powder
- Pear slices with a dash of ginger & sugar
- Raw Veggie Snacks
- Carrot sticks with yogurt & dill dips
- Cauliflower with hummus
- Broccoli stems with salsa
- Holiday meals are celebrations! To stay happy & healthy, skip a few forkfuls. It takes 500 calories/day (or 3,500 calories/week) above what you normally eat to gain 1 lb. Slightly smaller portions can keep you from gaining holiday weight.
- Don't skip meals or "save yourself" for big dinner parties.
- Dessert looks amazing, but don't skip the salad. Try to maintain balanced meals.
- Take photos of each other, not the food. It'll make your Instagram way more interesting.
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