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Easy and Healthy Holiday Recipes

Posted by Informed Families on November 19, 2023 at 5:11 PM

The holiday season is a special time for family, warmth, and creating lasting memories. One of the most cherished traditions in many households is cooking together. It's more than just preparing food; it's an opportunity for bonding, sharing stories, and reinforcing family ties.


Let's explore easy, healthy recipes that families can enjoy making together!

The Importance of Healthy Eating During Holidays

While the holidays are synonymous with indulgence, it's essential to balance the festive treats with nutritious choices. Involving the whole family, especially children, in making healthy meals is not only fun but also instills good eating habits. It's a delightful way to teach the younger members the value of a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Recipe Selection: Fun, Healthy, and Easy!

Our selected recipes are simple, wholesome, and perfect for family cooking sessions. From appetizers to desserts, we've got you covered for a festive, healthy feast!

Appetizer: Fresh Veggie Platters and Fruit Skewers

Start your meal with a colorful array of fresh vegetables and fruits. Kids love threading fruits on skewers, making this a fun and interactive way to enjoy healthy starters.

Main Course: Baked Lemon-Herb Chicken with Vegetables

This dish is a crowd-pleaser and incredibly easy to prepare. Marinate chicken breasts in lemon juice, olive oil, and herbs, then bake with your choice of vegetables. It's a nutritious and delicious main course that the whole family can help prepare.

🍩 Dessert: Oatmeal and Fruit Bars
Swap out the usual sugary holiday treats for these healthy and tasty oatmeal fruit bars. They're easy to make and perfect for getting the kids involved in the kitchen.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
⅔ cup packed brown sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup margarine or butter
10 ounces fruit preserves (or your choice of filling)

Prep: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Get an ungreased 9x9x2-inch baking pan ready.
Mix: In a bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda.
Blend: Cut in margarine/butter until the mix looks like coarse crumbs.
Reserve: Set aside ½ cup of this flour mixture.
Layer: Press the remaining mixture into the baking pan. Then spread your choice of fruit filling over it.
Top: Sprinkle with the reserved flour mixture.
Bake: For 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool & Serve: Let it cool in the pan, then cut into bars

🍹Beverage: Festive Cranberry Spritzer
A refreshing, non-alcoholic cranberry spritzer is the perfect family-friendly beverage. It's as festive as it is delicious and a great way to stay hydrated.

Place ice cubes into a pitcher. Add 2.5 cups of seltzer. Add 2 cups of cranberry juice to a large pitcher. Mix in 2 tablespoons of honey. Add orange slices and stir to combine.

Cooking Tips for Families

Make the kitchen a safe and enjoyable space for everyone. Assign age-appropriate tasks to the kids, like washing fruits or mixing ingredients. Remember, the goal is to have fun and bond, so keep the atmosphere light and engaging.

A Message on a Drug-Free Lifestyle

Cooking together not only promotes a healthy lifestyle but also emphasizes the value of spending quality time as a family. In today's fast-paced world, these moments are precious and play a crucial role in maintaining a drug-free, healthy living environment.

Cooking healthy holiday meals together can become a beloved family tradition. These recipes are just a starting point for exploring the joy of cooking and eating as a family. We hope you find as much happiness in these shared moments as we do.


Topics: holidays, family bonding, safe homes smart parties, alcohol use, family dinner

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We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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