Healthy for the Holidays

MyPlate recommends half of our plates should be fruits and vegetables each day. There are many benefits holiday makeoverof adding fruits and vegetables to your meals. They are low in calories and fat while providing fiber and other key nutrients our bodies need. Fruits and vegetables don’t just add nutrition to your meals and snacks however; they also add color, flavor and texture!

As we approach the holiday season that brings numerous parties, gatherings, and other functions, it can be challenging to follow this recommendation. To help keep you on track, the USDA created a document “Make Healthier Holiday Choices: 10 Tips for a Healthier Holiday.”

Tips to create healthier meals and snacks ad well as to maintain physical activity include:

    1. Create MyPlate makeovers
    2. Enjoy all the food groups at your celebration
    3. Make sure your protein in lean
    4. Cheers to good health – quench your thirst with low-calorie options
    5. Bake healthier
    6. Tweak the sweet
    7. Be the life of the party – focus on fun
    8. Make exercise a part of the fun
    9. Enjoy leftovers
    10. Give to others

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Eat Smart NY program of the Southern Tier (covering Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Onondaga, Otsego, and Tioga Counties) is challenging you to “Deck the Halls” this holiday season with fruits and vegetables.

Southern Tier Eat Smart NY posts tips on their Facebook, Twitter, and here on the website that will help you to fill half your plate each day with fruits and vegetables!

For more information on the benefits of fruits and vegetables please visit

lets talk turkeyCheck out some of the great websites and resources available at your fingertips! Click below!

MyPlate’s 10 Holiday Tips!

24 Tips Making Healthy…Easy!

How long does that stay good? Check out the FoodKeeper and make sure it’s okay to eat!

USDA Holiday Resources

30 Steps to a Healthier You!

Let's Talk Turkey -- Food Safety and Cooking Guide

Holiday Drinks Matter

Take the Holiday Challenge!

This holiday season, think outside the box when gift-giving...take a look at our Gifts from the Heart to get started on some ideas!

Last updated July 26, 2019