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Healthy Holidays

Here's to Health and Happiness! Ways to enjoy a healthier and happier Christmas season. Scroll through our Christmas blogs, recipes, videos and more!

Easy Holiday Recipes

Holiday Fruit Salad With Lemon Poppy Seed Glaze

This festive fruit salad with lemon poppy seed glaze is both a healthy and yummy crowd pleaser. It is filled with winter fruits like pomegranate and oranges. The lemon poppy glaze is what really tops this recipe off though. The glaze gives this salad a bit of sweetness and is a fun twist. Did we mention that the honey and lemon also help to keep the fruit looking fresh, so it doesn't start to turn brown quickly like often can happen with fruit salad recipes? If you are looking for an easy recipe that is sure to please, try this holiday fruit salad and let us know what you think!  


Healthy Christmas Breakfast Casserole

Our healthy spin on a Christmas classic is sure to be a favorite. The red and green bell peppers bring a pop of holiday color, while the turkey sausage and egg whites offer lower calories and fat than a typical egg casserole. You can use a 9x13 pan or two festive, molded pans like we used in the video.

Whether you are hosting or visiting family, Christmas morning can be packed with busyness. This Christmas breakfast casserole can be prepped the night before and baked in the morning.


Bell Pepper Poppers Recipe

This recipe quick, easy and healthier than most holiday recipes. It is loaded with yummy ingredients like goat cheese, bacon and onion. Did we mention that this recipe is a perfect appetizer for holiday get-togethers? These bell pepper poppers might not taste guilt-free, but at only 40 calories per serving, you can enjoy even if you are watching your calories or diet.  


Christmas Blogs

Strategies To Stop Holiday Stress

Christmas is supposed to be a merry time. Instead, it's often an occasion for overspending, overdoing, and overeating - and that can leave you feeling stressed, tired, and down on yourself. But it's not too late to reclaim your holiday spirit. These tips can help you recapture the joy of the season and take better care of your health.


Ask The Experts: Keeping Your Holiday Sweet Tooth Under Control

The holidays are all about family, fun and food. The period between Thanksgiving and New Year's is full of temptations for those trying to watch their weight. A large part of being successful during this time of year is to remember that you don't have to completely deny yourself. There are substitutions and strategies you can use to participate without completely throwing away your regular eating plan. Here are a few tips.


5 Healthy Holiday Appetizers Kids Can Make

Holiday baking can be a fun family effort, but too often it involves lots of sugar and calorie-laden ingredients. Why not put a different twist on holiday cooking with kids?

My children and I enjoyed a fun afternoon trying these recipes for holiday appetizers and snacks that incorporated fruits, vegetables and a bit of protein – without feeling like the food was "healthy." They were fast, festive and fun.


5 Ways To Avoid Holiday Heart Syndrome

Not to dampen your holiday spirit, but statistically there are more heart-related deaths around Christmas week than any other time of the year. Exactly why this phenomenon occurs has been debated ever since "Holiday Heart Syndrome" was first discovered more than 30 years ago.


5 Ways For Military Families To Handle Holiday Separations

The December holiday season can be very stressful for some people. Military families, with the possibility of loved ones being deployed during the holidays, can find it hard to keep spirits bright. Here are five ways for military families to connect over the holidays while a loved one is deployed...


Season's Greetings - Stir Up These Holiday Gifts

Looking for a low-cost gift without baking yet another sweet treat? Snap up these simple-to-make seasoning mixes for dips on the go.

These dip mixes can be packaged in food-safe ornaments and given as a quick gift for teachers, daycare providers and coworkers.


How To Pick Smart & Safe Toys For Young Kids - Your Buying Guide

Watching a child's eyes light up as he or she opens a brand new toy is one of the simplest pleasures of the holiday season. In addition to providing hours of entertainment, you also want to make sure gifts for your kids are safe and age-appropriate. Read on to learn which types of toys are best for children, and get gift ideas for babies and toddlers.


Suffering From The Holiday Blues? 8 Ways To Feel Better

The holiday season is supposed to be joyous, but that isn't always the case. High expectations, financial difficulties, and increased social demands or lack of family and friends can make this an overwhelming time of year. And for those grieving the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be especially painful.


Start Some Healthy Holiday Traditions

December can be stressful. It often brings, extra social and financial obligations. It can cause a breakdown of healthy eating and exercise habits. It can also leave you feeling lonely or depressed. But you and your family can adopt some new traditions that may help ease the season's stress and make your holidays healthy and happy.


Fitting In Fitness Around The Holidays

Don't forget about your fitness this holiday season! Here are some ideas to help you fit more physical activity into your day. Even just 10 minutes of exercise can blast 100 calories!


Go Ahead, Shop 'til You (Almost) Drop

All of that shopping is a blessing in disguise: It's a great opportunity to get up and boost your exercise routine and burn calories while marking loved ones' wishes off the list.


Make Over Those Side Dishes

Since the holidays are not complete without classic side dishes, let’s explore a few ideas to lighten up some of those sides.


9 Tips for Managing Your Nutrition for the Holiday Season

The holidays are approaching fast. This time of year presents additional food challenges for most of us. To help you achieve control; be mindful, and focus on your daily nutrition during the holiday season. 

Here are some tips that may help. 


4 Steps to More Fully Enjoy the Holiday Season 

Our hearts know that the holidays are a time for loved ones - but our minds tell us that they're a time for gift-giving, decorating and entertaining.

It can be stressful.

See what tips the American Psychological Association offers to reduce stress and make the most of the season.


Videos: Holiday Stress

How Exercise Combats Holiday Stress Physically, Mentally and Emotionally

Stress can leave you feeling anxious, depressed, foggy and sore. Dr. Nadine Kelly, health coach and yoga instructor for Franciscan Health Fitness Centers in Chicago Heights, explains how exercise combats stressors on the body. Take baby steps to a better you.


Holiday Stress

Overextending yourself with time, money, energy and resources can take the happy out of holidays. Dr. Carol Wroblewski, psychologist at the Franciscan Health Weight Loss Center In Indianapolis and Franciscan Physician Network Weight Loss Specialists, offers tips on how you can quickly manage stress and take care of yourself during the busy holiday season. "Put yourself as the priority, and remember, it's not going to be perfect...It's life."


Ho-Ho Humbug: Tackling Post-Holiday Stress

After the holidays pass, we fall into the post-holiday blues. Dr. Carol Wroblewski, psychologist at the Franciscan Health Weight Loss Center in Indianapolis and Franciscan Physician Network Weight Loss Specialists, offers tips to shake those after-holiday blues.



What Do You Know About Holiday Sweets and Treats?

If you want to eat healthy this holiday season, is it necessary to cut out all those tempting treats and snacks? Take this quiz to find out.


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