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Have your fruitcake – and eat it too

Here are some tips for having a healthy holiday season without skimping on the cheer.

By Cory Phare

December 13, 2016

With eggnog and figgy pudding seemingly always within reach this time of year, it’s easy to invite overindulgence to the table as well.

Festive food doesn’t need to leave a holiday hangover, however. According to Cynthia Dormer, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and registered dietician, it’s great to honor family tradition and treat ourselves occasionally when it comes to food; the trick is in finding the right balance.

“Moderation is key,” said Dormer. “Make those cookies, but then give some of them away. And never forget the importance of exercise.”

Another part of a comprehensive merriment mindfulness methodology is making healthy holiday treats more than an oxymoron. It is possible to find foods that are both good and good for us. That’s why Dormer suggested this recipe for baked fish, vegetables and spinach as an alternative to the traditional holiday entree that is easy to prepare and a good use of leftover greens.

With the recipes found on the Auraria Campus Student Dietetic Association website and variants of low-fat eggnog, heart-friendly sweet potato casserole and winter fruit salad, it’s easier to set a foundation for those inevitable resolutions right around the corner.

“It will also help you stay healthy and live longer,” added Dormer. “As they say – add life to your years!”

‘Tis the season for delicious decisions, indeed!

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