Topic: Nutrition and food safety
This is what we're looking at this Holiday Season:
Widespread Influenza Activity
throughout most of the US.
It's up to you to protect yourself and your family.Likely everyone has gotten their flu shot, but it doesn't appear to be completely protective this year. So, don't let your guard down. Continue to practice good health habits and keep your immunity at peak performance. Simple things help!
Frequent Hand washing! 20 seconds with soap and water, before eating, before food prep, after using the restroom, whenever you think you've contacted a contaminated product or surface!
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze. Use a disposable tissue, when available, But we also teach coughing into the crook of your arm (inside elbow, avoiding the hands which will spread infective particles)
Keep those disposable tissues handy!
Don't share towels or drinks or food implements with family members who are ill
There are other commonsense things to keep you healthy:
Eat balanced diets, avoid carb-y, carryouts and excess holiday “treats”
Get enough sleep every night
Avoid self-medicating with antacids and acid-reducing over-the-counter drugs. If you are bloated, having gas, etc- it's more likely the result of a bad diet, not too much gastric acid.
I am stressing eating a balanced diet because we often neglect home food preparation when we are rushing around with holiday-related activities and shopping. We cheat ourselves by making easy choices for dinner, over-eating carbohydrates usually and missing balanced nutrtion.
Here's a couple of good ideas to stay on track between the holidays.
Keep cut up chicken available. You can quickly sprinkle a favorite pre-made herb rub on some drumsticks or chicken thighs and pop them in the oven. Baked chicken is always a winner.
Bake a little boneless turkey breast or turkey roast for dinner and have sliced turkey for sandwiches the next day.
Consider running into a supermarket for a rotisierrie chicken and salads from the deli if you are truly crunched for time—instead of going through the drive-in lane for dinner.
Think color—does your final plate have at least 3 of these: carrots, sweet potatoes, red and black beans, corn, green beans, zucchini, salad greens, cooked greens? Remember, we are fortunate to have access to these in the frozen food section of the store—AND—if you buy these frozen vegetable items without sauces or other preparations, they are very affordable. Add your own dried herb blends (sprinkle dill weed or Italian herb blend with a little butter) and save a bunch of money.
Some photos of “quick” dinners. These require no prep time, just heat, bake or microwave--or open the deli container:
Your Hot dog dinner has 3 different salads:
Your Veggie Burger (find in frozen food section)--add deli salads or frozen mixed vegetables and baked beans:
Your Ham slices and quick sides:
Your Baked chicken, stuffed mushrooms and salad from the deli: