2018 marks the 25th year that I have been in business developing culinary nutrition education materials for dietitians and other health professionals.
Much has happened in the past quarter of a decade, including the coming and going of the "fat-free" food trend, Internet/social media, low-carb-high-protein diets, a gluten-free fad, the Pyramid to MyPlate shift, 5 Dietary Guidelines updates, sustainability/local foods/plant-based eating, a plethora of research, some of which is industry funded, a recession, and gentrification/globalization of our society. Can we say WOWZA?! I have loved following it all.
Ironically, my whole business took off over a "holiday presentation kit." How is that you ask? Well, the reason is simple. Every month I would publish a page in my newsletter for resources for dietitians so they could educate their clients. And in November or December's issue I was trying to find "holiday resources" and there were NONE. So I decided to make one titled, The Holiday Presentation Kit. And it sold well! It was designed to be used as a cooking demo kit complete with handouts. I got a paradigm shift to make more education kits and never looked back!
The holidays go by so fast and people are so distracted with their social media accounts that healthy holiday eating education is not nearly as popular of a topic as just doing something simple and effective all year.
But I know our readers want to publish healthy holiday tips and we always get emails saying, "thank you we are printing this and putting it on our bulletin board or we are passing it out clients or publishing it in a newspaper or appearing on TV or doing a class or making handouts." So I set about going through this blog to find the best holiday posts and to update and list them for our readers.
Here are all of our best holiday articles, based on reader views.
- Holiday Presentation Ideas - some of our best ideas from our readers for healthful holiday eating lessons
- Holiday Wreath - a holiday salad that looks like a wreath and will make any cook very proud - this is my favorite!
- Health Benefits of Holiday Spices
- Pear Centerpiece
- How to Make A Healthy Holiday Plate
- 5 Tips to Lower Holiday Calorie Intake
- Holiday Survival for Diabetes Patients
- Holiday MyPlate - 4 Step Plan
- Healthful Holiday Beverages
- Holiday Leftover Ideas
- Holiday Wellness Challenge
- Best Light Pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Pie for Diabetes Patients
- Best Holiday Party Tips
- Holiday Shopping
Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. But after learning that the quality of a croissant directly varies with how much butter it has, Judy sought to challenge herself by coming up with recipes that were as healthy as they were tasty.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.