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Holiday Party Food

Holiday Party Food

It’s time for nonstop holiday get-togethers, and if you’re trying to be healthy, it can be a challenge. These healthy holiday party food recipes can help.

Assemble this Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Bacon and Sweet Potatoes tonight for an easy breakfast tomorrow morning.

Image and Recipe via Sweet Peas and Saffron

 

This Caprese Christmas Wreath is a cinch to whip up for a last-second dish to bring to today’s holiday gathering.

Caprese Christmas Wreath

 

Need a healthy treat for the kids to snack on at get-togethers this week? Try this Christmas Frozen Yogurt Bark.

Christmas Yogurt Bark
Image and Recipe via Healthy Little Foodies

 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Salad is a beautiful holiday lunch or party side.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Salad

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Salad

 

Snack smart at your gatherings with these Crispy Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas.

Crispy Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

Crispy Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

 

Whip up Wild Mushroom Crostini for easy and healthy party finger food.

Wild Mushroom Crostini
Image and Recipe via Fitness Magazine

 

Skip the antipasto platter and serve these Antipasto Salad Kabobs at your party.

Antipasto Salad Kabobs

Holiday Safety Travel Tips

Holiday Safety Travel Tips

As you gear up for December travel, these holiday safety travel tips can help you stay healthy as you visit loved ones.

Stay healthy before, during, and after your travel with these simple healthy holiday tips.

‘Tis the Season to Be Merry and Healthy with Healthy Holiday Tips!

 

Making a drive this holiday season? Make sure you’re prepared.

Vantage Point: The Gift of Preparedness

 

Sudden snowstorm popping up on your holiday drive? Be prepared and know how to drive in the snow with these winter driving tips from AAA.

Fly nonstop whenever you can. People are more likely to get stranded at airports during holiday storms in layover cities. If you’re worried about being stranded, book a hotel reservation you can cancel ahead of time so you’re not scrambling when the storm hits.

Don't Get Stranded During Holiday Travel

 

Keep your phone or devices charged so that you can keep track of delays and the weather, call loved ones for help, or book emergency hotel reservations. Keep your chargers and a charging battery handy if you have battery issues.

Traveling with Your Charged Device

 

Follow the airline and airports on social media and check their feeds before and during your travel. You’ll be the first to get info about delays and gate changes, and they may be able to help you if you contact them with travel issues.

Airline and Airport Social Media Help

 

If you have an emergency while traveling this holiday season, know that you’re covered as a Health Alliance member with our partner Assist America.

Covered During Emergencies While Traveling

Gluten-Free Baking Week

Gluten-Free Baking Week

It’s Gluten-Free Baking Week, and if you or a loved one has a wheat allergy or Celiac disease, these light gluten-free recipes are perfect for the holiday season.

Get started with going gluten-free while baking with this Beginner’s Guide to Gluten-Free Flour.

Beginner’s Guide to Gluten-Free Flour
Image and Recipe via Potluck at Oh My Veggies

 

Gluten-Free Vegan Garlic Herb Focaccia Bread is perfect for munching before the big meal.

Gluten-Free Vegan Garlic Herb Focaccia Bread
Image and Recipe via Sarah Bakes Gluten-Free

 

Lighten up the holiday cookies you share with these Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles.

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles
Image and Recipe via Fake Ginger

 

Gluten-free Chai Spiced Quick Bread is a cozy sweet treat, perfect for serving with tea.

Chai Spiced Quick Bread

 

Hearty holiday breakfast is covered with this gluten-free Broccoli Quiche with Bacon.

Broccoli Quiche with Bacon
Image and Recipe via Paleo Running Mom

 

This gluten-free Cherry and Almond Cake with fresh cherries is perfect for your family potluck.

Cherry and Almond Cake
Image and Recipe via Kitchen Sanctuary

 

Get ready to impress guests with this gorgeous gluten-free Vegan Gingerbread Bundt Cake.

Vegan Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Healthy DIY Food Gifts

Healthy DIY Food Gifts

As you get ready for the holidays, be smart about the treats you bring to loved ones with these healthy DIY food gifts.

First up are Rosemary Cheese Crackers perfect for munching. Try using whole-wheat flour!

Rosemary Cheese Crackers
Image and Recipe via Buzzfeed

 

Beautiful Homemade Extracts perfect for holiday baking make great gifts for the baker in your life.

Homemade Extracts
Image and Recipe via Spoon Fork Bacon

 

The tea-lover in your life will love this easy Chai Tea Kit jar as a gift.

Chai Tea Kit
Image and Recipe via Buzzfeed

 

The Easiest Berry Chia Jam is the perfect gift for the breakfast-obsessed person in your life.

Easiest Berry Chia Jam

The Easiest Berry Chia Jam

 

Easy appetizer at the family get-together is covered with Marinated Cheese & Olives.

Marinated Cheese & Olives ~ An Easy Appetizer or Food Gift in a Jar!

 

Add more flavor to every dish with these Flavored Salts made for gifting.

Flavored Salts
Image and Recipe via Country Living

 

Make winter meals easy for your loved ones with these 6 Homemade Soup Mixes in a Jar.

6 Homemade Soup Mixes in a Jar

Buckwheat Month

Buckwheat Month

It’s Buckwheat Month, and this ingredient can help you go gluten-free and take the place of ingredients like oatmeal and quinoa. Plus, it’s delicious! Give it a try with this week’s healthy buckwheat recipes.

This easy Overnight Coconut Buckwheat Porridge is perfect for busy families.

Overnight Coconut Buckwheat Porridge {VIDEO}

 

This Warm Buckwheat and Beetroot Salad is a beautiful and hearty side dish for any meal.

Warm buckwheat and beetroot salad

 

Whip up these Crispy Buckwheat Breakfast Flatbreads for this weekend’s brunch.

Crispy Buckwheat Breakfast Flatbreads
Image and Recipe via Gather and Feast

 

Buckwheat Crepes are a light take on this kid-friendly favorite.

Buckwheat Crepes {Gluten-Free}

 

Cut out the flour with these Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies this holiday season.

Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free)

 

Go gluten-free and skip the takeout with this easy and delicious Buckwheat Pizza.

Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pizza

 

These Apple, Almond, and Buckwheat Muffins will be a hit with the family for breakfasts on the go.

Image and Recipe via Green Kitchen Stories

National Pomegranate Month

National Pomegranate Month

It’s National Pomegranate Month, and you can work the in-season fruit into both sweet and savory recipes for a fresh burst of flavor. These healthy pomegranate recipes can help you get started.

First up is a beautiful dish for holiday breakfast, Cinnamon Spice and Pomegranate Oatmeal.

Cinnamon Spice and Pomegranate Oatmeal

 

Baked Balsamic Goat Cheese Stuffed Pomegranate Chicken is an easy weeknight dinner for the family.

Baked Balsamic Goat Cheese Stuffed Pomegranate Chicken

 

Lighten up everyone’s favorite with this Caramelized Butternut, Crispy Kale, and Fontina Pizza with pomegranate salsa.

Caramelized Butternut, Crispy Kale, and Fontina Pizza

Caramelized Butternut, Crispy Kale + Fontina Pizza

 

This beautiful Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Crumble would be perfect for a Christmas morning surprise.

Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Crumble (Gluten and Grain Free!)

 

Whip up a romantic date night with Beef Filets with Pomegranate-Pinot Sauce.

Fall Farro Salad with Halloumi & Pomegranates
Image and Recipe via My Fitness Pal

 

This Fall Farro Salad with Halloumi & Pomegranates is a celebration of colorful in-season veggies.

Fall Farro Salad w/ Halloumi & Pomegranates

 

Go vegetarian for dinner tonight with Baked Pumpkin with Rocket, Feta, and Pomegranate.

Baked Pumpkin with Rocket, Feta, and Pomegranate
Image and Recipe via Adeline and Lumiere

Healthy Holiday Tips

‘Tis the Season to Be Merry and Healthy with Healthy Holiday Tips!

If you’re not careful navigating the holidays, you can easily get sick and ruin your plans. Assist America, our emergency travel assistance partner, has healthy holiday tips to keep you healthy while traveling this holiday season.

From getting all of your last-minute holiday shopping done, to decorating the house, attending holiday events, and packing to visit family, the holidays can take a toll on your immune system. The changing weather and cold temperatures can also affect your health, and whether you travel by car, train, or plane, you may be in contact with germs that you’re not used to. Taking these easy steps can help protect you.

Before Travel

  1. First and foremost, get your flu shot.

    Getting your flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. While flu season begins in late October, it usually peaks from December to February. Crowded places where people are close to each other a stretch of time, like shopping malls, airplanes, or trains are prime spots to pick up the flu.

  2. Take a daily vitamin.

    While vitamins may not prevent you from getting sick, taking vitamins and supplements throughout the year can help boost your immune system. Talk to your doctor about which vitamins are best for you, and combine them with a healthy diet of fresh vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats to be your best.

  3. Prepare a travel kit.

    While packing for your trip, prepare a small travel kit. You can include individual disinfectant, alcohol, and antiseptic wipes, hand sanitizer, a pack of tissues, bandaids, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash. You can also use small plastic bags or a pill organizer to pack your usual vitamins, so you don’t stop taking them while traveling.

During Travel

  1. Watch what you touch.

    Be aware of what you’re touching when you travel. Door and suitcase handles, public bathroom faucets, and money are touched by people all day long. Make sure not to touch your face after touching things like these and wash your hands with soap and water regularly. If you can’t wash your hands, use your hand sanitizer.

  2. Clean your surroundings.

    Tray tables, plane touch-screen monitors and remotes, armrests, restaurant tables, and many other surfaces you touch during your trip are infamous for being covered with germs. Use cleaning or alcohol wipes to clean off these surfaces before you get settled. Then, wash your hands again after using them for extra safety.

  3. Avoid physical contact.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people with the flu can spread it to others up to roughly 6 feet away, so while it may be difficult to do in a crowded space, try to avoid close contact with the people around you.

    Once you’re with your loved ones for the holidays, avoid sharing glasses and silverware during meals, and use a strict single-dipping policy.

After Travel

  1. Take a shower as soon as you get to your destination.

    To wash off all the germs you might have been exposed to during your trip, take a well-deserved shower as soon as you get to your family’s or hotel. Change into a clean set of clothes after, and you’ll feel clean, refreshed, and ready to enjoy holiday celebrations!

  2. Eat healthy food.

    We all know too well that the holidays are no time to diet, however, you can be mindful of the types of food you eat. Make room for vegetables and fresh fruits at every meal. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, oranges, pears, and other exotic fruits are all in season in December, and they’re all a great source of healthy vitamins.

  3. Stay hydrated.

    When you’re in an plane, car, or train for a long time, your body can get dehydrated. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of liquids throughout your travel.

    During celebrations, you should also make sure you continue to drink plenty of water in addition to all the alcoholic and sugary drinks you may be tempted by!

 

By taking these few simple steps, you’ll give yourself and your family a better chance at enjoying a germ-free holiday season.

Still, if you do get sick while traveling during the holidays, remember to contact Assist America, our emergency travel assistance partner who is available 24/7 to help you find a qualified doctor near your location or secure prescriptions at a local pharmacy. To talk to an Assist America coordinator, download the Assist America Mobile App or call 1-800-872-1414 or +1-609-986-1234 (outside of the U.S.).

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