Eating Right During the Holidays

Choosing the right foods to fuel our bodies is important. As dancers we need healthy foods that are high in protein and low in sugars so we can perform to our fullest. As we enter Nutcracker season we are often challenged with temptations of delicious holiday meals and decadent sweets. It is possible to eat healthy at holiday parties and family gatherings, and remember, it is also okay to enjoy some sweets in moderation. Enjoy this Holiday Season with these healthy tips!

Enjoy the benefits of these healthy holiday foods:

Cranberries: high in antioxidants
Dark Leafy Green Vegetables: high in Vitamin K
Ginger: aids digestion
Green Beans: contain iron
Ham: high in protein
Pecans: source of Vitamin E and protein
Peppermint: source of calcium and iron, and if used as an essential oil, relaxes muscles
Pumpkin: high in fiber
Sweet Potatoes: low glycemic index, source of beta-carotene

Healthy Holiday Tip: Instead of using refined sugar, try using nutmeg or cinnamon as sweeteners this holiday season.

Read more about healthy holiday eating tips from our Healthy Body Workshop sponsor Dance Spirit Magazine

Fun Facts:

  • December 12th is National Poinsettia Day
  • Turkeys can run at speeds around 20mph and fly at speeds up to 55 mph
  • All snowflakes have six sides and no two snowflakes are the same.

Activities that will keep you moving during your holiday break:

  • shoveling snow
  • decorating a Christmas tree or other holiday decorating
  • cooking a healthy holiday meal
  • hanging outdoor lights
  • holiday shopping
  • making a snowman
  • ice skating
  • sledding
  • skiing/snowboarding

Check out the cookbook Teen Cuisine by Author and Chef, Matthew Locricchio.

Recipes Copyright 2010 Matthew Locricchio. Reprinted with permission of Marshal Cavendish Inc.