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Food, Nutrition, Health Observances Calendar for December 2015


In Season...
Bananas, Grapefruit, Lemons, Mushrooms, Onions and Leeks, Oranges, Pears, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes and Yams, Turnips, Winter Squash

National Food Weeks


MyPlate: What's the Right Amount of Calories for You?

World AIDS Day

Eat a Red Apple Day

Handwashing Week


Handwashing Week


Handwashing Week

Family & Consumer Sciences Day


Handwashing Week


Handwashing Week

International Volunteer Day


Handwashing Week


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Cocoa Day








National Maple Syrup Day




Oatmeal Muffin Day










Christmas Eve


Christmas Day


Day After Christmas Day










New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve


Get Ready for Handwashing Week!

Did you know that National Handwashing Week runs from December 6th through the 12th? Now is the perfect time to prepare. How will you teach your clients about proper hand hygiene?

The CDC and the Science Behind Handwashing

According to the CDC, “Handwashing education in the community reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31%, reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%, and reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21%.”

Butternut Squash Soup in the Pressure Cooker

Are you ready for a tasty and warming winter soup? This one comes together in just 30 minutes! It’s also loaded with healthful vegetables and tasty spices…

Butternut Squash 101

Learn the basics about butternut squash in today’s special veggie post! In this post, you’ll find a discussion of what butternut squash tastes like, what nutrients it contains, and how to cook with it. There’s also downloadable clipart and a free PDF handout…

December 2015

Seasonal handouts, recipes, research reports, and much more!

Healthful Holiday Tips

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that Americans gain an average of 0.4 to 1.8 pounds each year during the holidays. Sadly, this weight isn’t likely to disperse with the holiday cheer. Here are a few strategies for keeping the holidays healthful and fun, without the weight gain…

Holiday Cookies

A delicious gingerbread cookie recipe for the holidays that will have the whole house smelling sweet.

A Great Holiday Appetizer, Lightened Up!

This is a cheese ball that’s lighter in fat and calories, but just as flavorful and easy to spread as a regular version.

Holiday Weight Management Challenge

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Americans gain an average of .4 to 1.8 pounds each year during the holidays. However, with a little know-how and some fun strategies, holiday weight gain can be avoided.

Best of 2014

It’s time to sit back, relax, and look through the 11 best Food and Health blog posts of 2014 …

Best Strategies for Navigating Holiday Parties

This handout from the Holiday Challenge is too good not to share. Take a look at these holiday party tips…

Holiday Salad for Pear Month

December may be a month dominated by the holidays, but did you know that it’s also Pear Month? This lovely winter salad is festive enough for any holiday table and it offers the spotlight to the fruit of the month as well.

3 Holiday Portion Control Tips

Help your clients sidestep holiday portion pitfalls with this free handout! Check out the preview and let me know what you think…

5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Every family has traditional holiday foods that show up on the table year after year. Instead of using the holidays as an excuse for high-fat, high-calorie feasting, use these five easy tips to remake your holiday favorites with good health in mind.

Holidays and Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Want to help your clients with diabetes manage the holidays in a stress-free way? Check out this guide!

Holiday Wellness Challenge

How will you help your clients keep their weight on track during the holidays?

Chop Test: An Easier Way to Cook Vegetables

Have you ever wondered if you’re cooking vegetables well? I’ve devised a simple approach that makes determining cooking time and methods a snap! Check out this post for the secret, and don’t miss the free infographic!

Cooking Skill Workshops

What would you do if you could enlist the help of a professional chef who is also an expert in healthful cooking?

Well, today is your lucky day. You really can get the help of a chef who trained at the Culinary Institute of America and who has spent over 20 years developing amazing techniques and new innovative ideas to improve cooking skills and freshen up old ideas.


10 Free Nutrition Handouts

New handout delivery system for free nutrition handouts will serve more target audiences

Skinny Skinny Whipped Cream

Did you know that you can make 2 cups of whipped cream that only contain 30 calories… total? It’s possible! Check out this post for all the details…

Free Resolution Calendar for the New Year

What better way to start off the New Year than with a great calendar full of healthful habits? With built-in goal suggestions and a variety of activities, this calendar has something for everyone. What are you waiting for? Download it today!

Free Handout: Set Achievable Goals

The new year is fast approaching! What goals are you setting?

Helpful Holiday Links

Looking for some last-minute holiday inspiration? Check out these helpful links!

Banana Nog

Looking to add some vitamins to your holiday spread? Try this tasty and healthful banana nog — it’s way lower in calories and has a ton of nutrients!

Holiday Presentation Ideas

Why not give your next presentation a festive spin? Here are some great presentation ideas, just for you!

Tea Poached Pears

Looking for a tasty dessert that isn’t laden with empty calories? Try these marvelous tea poached pears! They’re the perfect way to celebrate Pear Month this December…

MyPlate 4-Step Plan for the Holidays

The holidays are here! With all of the bustle and activity that accompanies this season, there is a good chance that it will be harder to stick to regular meal and exercise patterns. The good news is that, if you can remember MyPlate’s most important messages, you will still be able to lower calories and eat healthier!

Spice Up the Holidays

Spice up the holidays and boost your health with warm, bright spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. You can add further health benefits by combining those spices with foods like oranges and cranberries, or drinks like black tea. So, how will you add spice to the holidays this year?

Holiday Gift Guide

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, it’s time to think about holiday gifts! Today I’m going to reveal my top 5 favorite gift ideas…

Holiday Survival Guide: Thanksgiving Leftover Edition

Skip the post-Thanksgiving blahs with some fantastic recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers…

From Box to Masterpiece Stuffing

Stuffing can be tricky because the boxed mixes are high in sodium. And many traditional recipes are a lot of work and the end result is sometimes mushy. Plus we don’t believe in stuffing the bird because the outcome is a mess – the turkey is dry and the stuffing is often undercooked.

Diabetic-Friendly Pumpkin Pie

Looking for a diabetic-friendly holiday dessert? Look no further — we’ve got you covered.

Get Saucy!

Have you ever heard of the mother sauces? Today I’m going to walk you through the basics — just in time for your holiday party!

3 Tips for Holiday Survival

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that Americans gain an average of 0.4 to 1.8 pounds each year during the holidays. This weight isn’t likely to disperse with the holiday cheer. It tends to stick around. So, what are you to do? Try these tips to make a healthful lifestyle during the holidays not only possible, but downright easy!

Make a Healthful Holiday Plate!

Here’s one of my favorite recipes, all ready to build a balanced plate for Thanksgiving.

Moderation and Cookies: Tips and Tricks for Healthful Eating

A whole batch of cookies offers way too many servings for the average household. At the same time, it can be more trouble than it’s worth to scale down a recipe and mix minute portions of each ingredient. So, how can you solve the problem of excess versus extra effort? The answer is surprisingly simple!

Step by Step

As a follow-up to our latest motivation article, we look deeper into effective ways to implement manageable lifestyle changes…

Cooking Home Run Meals at Home

I am so proud to introduce Home Run Cooking, the latest cookbook from Food and Health Communications. It was truly a labor of love, and I really think you’ll like what you see…

New Year’s Resolution Resources

What are your resolutions for the new year? What are your clients planning on doing to improve their health? Here at Food and Health Communications, we want to make setting and achieving your goals as easy as possible. That’s why we’ve developed so many great resources just for you. Today we’d like to highlight a few of our favorites, all of which will help you and your clients make and keep your 2013 resolutions.

Holiday Survival and Beyond: Healthful, Tasty Leftovers

Photo Holiday Meal Holiday MyPlate

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you’re having a wonderful, healthful, and stress-free holiday. And if the question of “what am I going to do with all of the leftovers from this meal?” is haunting you, then it’s time to relax. We’ve got you covered. After all, leftovers can be some of the best parts of a Thanksgiving celebration.

Holiday Survival and Beyond: Play with Cranberries

Thanksgiving is perhaps the only time of year many families eat fresh cranberries. The cranberry growers estimate that 20% of their crop is eaten at the Thanksgiving holiday. Cranberries are high in fiber and vitamin C and contain just 25 calories per 1/2 cup of fresh berries. They are also low in sodium and a source of vitamins A & B, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Packed full of antioxidants and other natural compounds, cranberries promote the prevention of urinary tract infections, gum disease and stomach ulcers. With all this great nutrition, shouldn’t we stop relegating them to just November?

Vital Holiday Party Tips

Holiday party season is just around the corner. Celebrate in a healthful way with our vital holiday party tips. Your health and waistline will thank you!

Holiday Kitchen Equipment Gift Ideas

The holidays are here — are you ready for them? In this post, we review holiday survival strategies and introduce our new iPad app, Holiday Secrets. This app contains the most creative and healthful holiday recipes. It’s not just another chef’s favorite recipe book – it is meant to teach you how to make many holiday creations from appetizers to gravy to desserts, no matter your kitchen skill. We promise that you will have the most wonderful time making dishes that taste great, look good, and are healthful, every time.

Holiday Secrets Holiday Recipe Cookbook

Holiday Secrets

Holiday Secrets contains the most creative, healthy holiday recipes. This is not just another chef’s favorite recipe book – it is meant to teach you how to make many holiday creations from appetizers to gravy to desserts no matter your kitchen skill. We promise you will have the most wonderful time making great dishes that taste great, look good and are healthy every time.

Merry Christmas – Virtual Gifts from Our Kitchen to Yours!

Our guests were delighted that they were sampling our “super bowl snack fare” – and much to our delight all of the veggies disappeared! Here are three time-saving, calorie-saving holiday entertaining ideas – from Calorie-Free Holiday Tea (great warm or chilled) to a GingerBread house that saved us a lot of time, mess and calories from baking cookies – plus everyone here got to help!

Winter Fruit Desserts – More Fruit, Fewer Calories – Watch Video Recipes and Learn FAST!

Cranberry-Poached Pears:

Watch this video and learn to make a stunning dessert with a pear, some cranberries, water, sugar and spices – all in about a minute and a half!
Here is the recipe:
4 pears, peeled, halved, …

Make a Pear Centerpiece or Pear Salad Or Pear Appetizer

We have been working on some lovely ideas for pears for the fall and for the holidays. Thanks to Cindy Silver, MS, RD, from Lowes Foods, for her request for pear recipes and ideas.We believe …

Holiday De LIGHT – Deep Dish Cranberry Apple Pie

4 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2-1/2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp apple pie spice
1 prepared pie crust
Stir all ingredients together in a medium sized mixing bowl and place in … |