December is a festive time of year with twinkling lights, fresh baked goods and meaningful get-togethers with our loved ones. However, planning menus that meet guests’ dietary restrictions, sticking within your holiday budget, and ensuring safe food practices, can be overwhelming. That’s why Nutrition.gov launched a Healthy Holidays webpage with resources so you can enjoy a stress-free holiday season. On this new webpage, you can find information on:
- How to maintain your health goals during celebrations by making healthy substitutions in your recipes;
- Meal planning to help you stay within your budget with thrifty holiday menus for Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa; and
- Maintaining safe food practices with resources specifically for holiday foods and buffets.
Additional Holiday resources include:
- Creating a holiday menu that fits your health needs with Nutrition.gov’s Recipes webpage; and
- Information on food assistance during the holiday season on Nutrition.gov’s Food Security and Access webpage.
After you set your holiday party menu, plan ice breakers to encourage guests to mingle with interesting holiday nutrition trivia. Find holiday nutrition facts and historical holiday recipes at The National Agricultural Library’s Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection, which allows you to learn about the history of nutrition education and dietary advice.
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