Tips for Enjoying a Healthy Holiday Meal

, Sunrise VP of Dining  |  November 10, 2011

November is the time of year when many people start to think about their holiday meals.

While the holidays tend to be a time when people eat large, rich meals, there are plenty of healthy foods available for you at this time of year. Remembering the health benefits of certain holiday staples as well as portion control techniques can help you enjoy the holidays without worrying about your weight.

I would like to review an item from one of my earlier blog posts where I referenced the USDA website, http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. Here, the USDA explains what a nutritious plate should look like. If you are trying to behave during your holiday meals, keep this concept in mind - Every plate should be half filled with fruits and vegetables. Remembering this tip will help you remain healthy during this tempting time.

In addition to the balance of your plate, think about the colors. When we think of healthy foods, we should think of colorful foods. Bright, beautiful colors indicate important nutrients. Red apples, nutrients... Orange pumpkins, nutrients.... Sweet potatoes, nutrients.... Carrots, nutrients.... Spinach, nutrients.... you get the picture. These vibrant foods are high in beta carotenes, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Beta carotenes have been proven to help fight cancer, antioxidants help fight free radicals that damage our bodies, and anti-inflammatories help keep our joints moving freely.

At Sunrise Senior Living, we realize these important characteristics and provide foods with these nutrients in our menus. Today, I offer a recipe from our dining program for pumpkin pie that you may want to consider for your holiday meals. Happy Holidays!

Pumpkin Pie

2 large eggs, chilled
1 ¼ cup canned pumpkin
½ cup granulated sugar
⅛ cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 ¼ cup 2% milk (Undiluted evaporated milk may be used in place of fresh milk)
1 pre-made pie shell

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

1. Combine eggs and pumpkin in a bowl.

2. Combine sugars and seasonings, and add to pumpkin mixture.

3. Add milk and mix the batter until smooth.

4. Pour mixture into unbaked pie shell.

5. Bake pie for 15 minutes, then reduce oven heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted halfway between the edge and the center comes out clean.

Each pie can be cut into 10 slices to serve 10. Chill the pie before enjoying.  

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