Valley Hospital Helps Keep Only The Turkey Stuffed This Holiday Season

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Let’s face it--food and the holidays go hand-in-hand. But take heart, says Joseph R. Juliano, D.T.R., Nutrition and Wellness Manager for the A Recipe for Life Program at The Valley Hospital, you can make it through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and beyond without gaining weight. Here are some tips from Valley’s 'A Recipe for Life' program to help you eat right and still have fun over the holidays.

Enjoy the season's harvest with a savory butternut squash soup with ginger.
Enjoy the season's harvest with a savory butternut squash soup with ginger. Photo Credit: Contributed

  • Keep active and hydrated.
  • Remember to get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
  • Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite.
  • Offer to bring a healthy dish to a holiday gathering to ensure you have a healthy option available.
  • Try making homemade soups. They fill you up and are an easy way to get vitamins. 

Especially during the holiday season, many of us are left feeling drained without any energy, Here are some tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that will leave you feeling recharged.

  • Eat often: Eating every 3 to 4 hours can help to fuel a healthy metabolism, maintain muscle mass and prevent between-meal hunger that leads to unwise snacking.
  • Eat light: Eating just enough, but not too much, helps to curb cravings and reduces chances of overeating.
  • Balance Your Plate: A balanced meal includes whole grains, lean protein, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, fat-free or low-fat dairy and a small amount of healthy fats.
  • Snacks are a bridge: Don't skip this important eating event! Snacks should have protein and fiber-rich carbohydrates to provide lasting energy.
  • Remove energy zappers: Skip the soda, sugary coffee and energy drinks. These foods may leave you buzzing for an hour, but will likely cause an energy crash. Instead, choose water, fat-free or 1% low-fat milk, low-calorie flavored water or unsweetened tea.

To enjoy a savory Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger, view the attached recipe below. 

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