Just like you, Minnesota’s farmers get busy during the hustle and bustle of December. They want to feed their families tasty AND healthy meals and treats, which can seem overwhelming with holiday goodies and big celebration meals mixed in. Never fear, we’ve got you covered! The following are a collection of ideas from farm kitchens across Minnesota, tips from member groups, and even a few ideas gathered from social media.
We hope you enjoy our “deliciously healthy” suggestions. And from Minnesota’s farmers, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy new year.
- Keep the healthy stuff handy. This can include keeping washed and chopped fruits and veggies in containers in the fridge or having lean, sliced meats and cheese ready for a protein-packed snack. Besides, if these are in easy reach it’s less likely your family will search out your hidden stash of Christmas cookies!
- Remember “a little goes a long way.” When it comes to flavor on savory dishes, most people agree you can’t beat real butter. Use a bit of butter and then be generous with the fresh herbs and spices for great, fresh flavor.
- Choose less processed items when you can. Homemade can sound time intensive, but with the right recipes it doesn’t have to be. Delicious dips can be easily made with yogurt and fresh fruit dipped in a little chocolate or caramel mixes indulgent with healthy.
- Lean meats or poultry have a place on your healthy holiday table! Many great resources exist to help you choose flavorful and low-fat cuts. Here are just a few of them.
- If you’re thinking beef? – www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/leanbeef.aspx
- Roast pork? –www.porkbeinspired.com/nutritionalinfo_comparepork.aspx
- Want tips on turkey? – www.eatturkey.com/consumer.html
- Plan to switch things up with lamb? – www.americanlamb.com
- Roast chicken for the holidays? – www.eatchicken.com
- Make your favorite fudge or candy, but keep the batches small. This tip can be helpful any time of year. You can have your cake and eat it too; just don’t make an extra large one!
- Remember to give thanks. While being thankful for food doesn’t actually make it healthier (sorry!), it certainly creates a good atmosphere. Taking time to appreciate our food blessings fosters a healthy attitude and sets a good example for all at our holiday table.