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Food, Nutrition, Health Observances Calendar for December 2019


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

National Food Months

National Food Weeks


World AIDS Day

Eat a Red Apple Day

Handwashing Week


Handwashing Week


Handwashing Week

Dine In Day - Families Dine In by AAFCS

Family & Consumer Sciences Day


Handwashing Week


Handwashing Week

International Volunteer Day


Handwashing Week


Handwashing Week












Cocoa Day








National Maple Syrup Day




Oatmeal Muffin Day










Christmas Eve


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New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve


Recipes for December


This spud’s for you!

Despite the popular keto craze, don’t be a tater hater. There are a million reasons why potatoes can be part of a healthy diet. In addition to being a good source of potassium and vitamin C, potatoes also provide fiber to help curb your appetite. It’s fine to eat the skin as long as it’s ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Cabbage- a very versatile veggie

Cabbage is one of the least expensive, most versatile vegetables around. With so many varieties to choose from, you’ll have multiple ways to enjoy this cancer-fighting hero. Since cabbage is often harvested in late summer/fall, it’s a great time of year to try a few new dishes. Here are 12 ways to love cabbage. Cabbage ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Rainbow Fruit and Vegetable Activity Ideas

We've all heard about the importance of eating from the rainbow to get a variety of foods and nutrients. In fact, we've probably already taught this concept to our clients. But now it's time for a refresher -- a new way to make eating from the rainbow both fun and possible...

Teaching a Cooking Class: Tips and Tricks

I have been teaching a string of cooking classes recently, and boy have I ever learned a lot! Here are the tried-and-true secrets that take a presentation from good to great...

10 Free Nutrition Handouts

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

5 Fast and Easy Cooking Demonstration Ideas

Putting together an engaging and informative cooking demonstration is much harder than it looks. Don't worry, though, because our chefs and presenters have tons of wonderful cooking demonstrations under their belts. They've gotten all that work down to a science. In fact, Judy Doherty, PC II and founder of Food and Health Communications, Inc is going to share some of her top cooking demonstration guides here today -- everything from planning to execution.

Free Handout: Set Achievable Goals

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

2019 Food and Nutrition Hot Topics and New Theme Finder

Here are the hottest food and nutrition education topics based on our professional writers' recommendations, customer requests, nutrition research, post analytics, customer requests, news, and best selling book lists. How-To Cooking Demos for Seasonal Items - this is always our most popular topic and the how-to section in Amazon Cookbooks reflects that people want science, ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

2019 Resolution Calendar Handout

One of our most popular posts of the year is our "resolution calendar" where we offer a handout that lists a great healthy activity one can do every month to stay on track for a healthful diet and lifestyle all year. Here are a few popular ones we have done: Free Resolution Calendar for the ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Diet, cheat, repent, repeat. Sound familiar?

Holidays are a tough time of year to adhere to a healthy diet. Well meaning co-workers bake cookies or stock their candy dishes with bite-sized chocolates. After a while, these treats become the norm and fruits & vegetables are a thing of the past. And while most might be concerned about holiday weight gain, other ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Top 25 Posts from 2018

Although 2018 still has a couple months left to go we know they are busy for most people. So we wanted to share the top posts from this year in case you missed something or you need an idea to share now. We will be sharing trends, research in review, and more in the months ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

December 2018

December is just around the corner! Do you have the resources you need?

Best Holiday Posts

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 ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Everything Spice

What is the "everything spice"? Well, it is a combination of spices from the "everything bagel", using poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion, garlic, and salt. Why would you want to use it? Because it has an intense flavor, some crunch, and not a lot of salt. It is a plant-based (seeds) seasoning that goes great ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Potato Loaf

In our social media "all about the potato" post, we described all of the nutrient advantages of potatoes. See it here. A tour through your grocery store will find piles of fresh potatoes, waiting to go into a comforting fall or holiday meal. So we set to work to make something creative, delicious, and easy. ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

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 we have a few good ones here and we had a lot of creating and photographing them for everyone to ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Holiday Presentation Ideas

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

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!

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!

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.

Make a Healthful Holiday Plate!

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

Holiday Wellness Challenge

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

Holiday Challenge: Healthful Drinks

The holiday season is upon us -- do you have the tools you need to help your clients navigate its pitfalls?

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 Survival and Beyond: Healthful, Tasty Leftovers

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.

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!

Diabetic-Friendly Pumpkin Pie

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

Shopping Tips for the Holidays

Tis the season to be merry, but wary. Almost half of Americans will put on weight during the holiday season. Here are shopping and eating tips I share with supermarket tour attendees to help them enjoy the holidays and avoid unwanted pounds: • Add chopped apples, unpeeled orange segments and raisins to prepare a delicious ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

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!

December 2017

December 2017 for Premium Food and Health Communication Members: Table of Contents: Read offline PDF Research update for professionals White label newsletter (.docx) Shareable articles and handouts Graphic of the month Special member-only discounts New resources from Nutrition Education Store Read-Offline PDF: Here's the entire PDF version of the December 2017 newsletter, ready for you to ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Holiday Survival: 5 Tips Just for You

Set up your pantry to help meet your goals, not tempt you away from them!

Fruit Centerpiece

Are you looking for a beautiful table centerpiece that everyone can eat? Here is an idea for a beautiful winter fruit bowl for you: The idea is to use a variety of winter fruits that have a variety of shapes and colors. Rinse and dry the fruits and keep them refrigerated until ready to assemble ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Best of 2017

Here are the best news and update articles from 2017. You do have to be a member to read the 23 full stories that are linked below but we have a recap of each story which makes a great overview of the main research and updates for the year of 2017 for all readers. If you ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Thinking Red and Plant Based Appetizer Platter

This beautiful red appetizer plate was carefully planned so it would meet my criteria for fabulous flavor combinations, easy to make, fantastic presentation, and red color. What's in it? Good question! Here is the simple shopping list: cherry or grape tomatoes radishes seedless black grapes small bell peppers hummus daikon micro-greens Of course it helps ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Alternatives to Baking Cookies

Holiday baking is often a treasured tradition in most households. And of all of the holiday food festivities, baking is one of the highest impact with regards to calories. Many people make 3 or more kinds of cookies in large batches. A one-ounce cookie contains about the same amount of calories as an ounce of ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Fresh VS Frozen Vegetables – What’s The Difference?

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, more is certainly better. With the latest nutrition research from the UK suggesting TEN (versus 5) servings of fruits and vegetables daily in reducing risk of early death and chronic illness, many people may be wondering how to work them all in.(1) Despite popular belief, frozen vegetables can ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Kitchen Hack: 18 Tips for Making Meal Planning and Shopping Easy

Planning ahead makes it mentally easier to prepare a meal without having to think of what to make. Trips to the grocery store are fewer, faster and easier. Here are 18 of our the best tips: #1- Plan meals around complex carbohydrates and plant based items such as pasta, rice, baked potatoes, legumes and whole ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Practice Competencies for Nutrition Practitioners to Maintain Credentials

Beginning June 1, 2016, for recertifying credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners completing the 2016-2021 recertification cycle, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) transitioned into an updated credentialing system based on practice competencies...

Kitchen Hack: Tasty Chickpea Nuts

Looking for a fun and healthful snack that has wide appeal? Don't miss today's kitchen hack, which is all about a tasty treat that you can make anytime.

Best of 2016

2016 was quite a year in the nutrition education world! The 2015 Dietary Guidelines were published, a new food label design was published, and sugar guidelines were developed for kids. Here is a list of all the news plus our most popular nutrition education resource posts. Check out this list starting from the beginning of the ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Boost the Appeal of Seasonal Fruit

I just did a fall photo shoot -- wanna see?

December 2016

Here's everything you need for December 2016!

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...

Jarrahdale Blue Pumpkin

While touring the beautiful California coast near Santa Cruz, I came upon a few pumpkin farms right on the ocean. I wanted to buy a pie pumpkin because they are more flavorful than the larger pumpkins used for decorations. They are also smaller and easier to handle. I was met with a few choices of ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

Free Nutrition Education Poster!

We would love to give all of our charitable followers a free poster... so we're going to!

Help Your Clients Get Ready for the New Year

It's almost time for New Year's resolutions! When motivation is running high and enthusiasm for health goals is stronger than usual, it's wise to seize the moment and help guide your clients to improve their health. After all, setting realistic goals and prioritizing issues correctly can go a long way towards actually achieving the resolutions that people love to try out in January.

Pear Fact Sheet

December is Pear Month, so today I want to celebrate with a fact sheet about pears! This post features a closer look at the common types of pears, their impact on health, and ways to incorporate them into a balanced eating pattern...

Fun with Pears!

Check out this collection of fun ways to feature pears during Pear Month this December!

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.

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.


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...

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!

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!

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.

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!

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: 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?

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 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, cored 1 cup cranberries 1 cup water 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup Splenda (use brown sugar ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications

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 a 10 inch deep dish pie pan. Place one pie crust on top of ...[+] Food, Nutrition and Health Calendar by Food and Health Communications




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