It is possible to eat healthy during the holidays

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To help reduce stress about the foods we are eating, here are some tips to help you enjoy the holidays without adding to your weight.

Making recipes even just a little bit healthier can be easier than you may think. Making slight changes, substitutions, reductions or eliminations to your standard recipes can help you eat healthier without sacrificing taste.

Simple tips that we recommend to improve the healthiness of food is to lower the fat, reduce sugar, watch out for sodium, increase fiber, and use healthier cooking methods. In order to lower the fat, this would call for using half the butter, lower fat versions of things like mayonnaise or sour cream and choosing leaner cuts of meats.

In order to reduce the sugar in your foods, you can simply cut down the amount of sugar that you use by one-fourth to one-third. Use other spices to help with the flavoring and sweetness of the food.

With regard to sodium, purchase cans that have no salt added or are reduced sodium. Salt is one of those things that can be reduced or completely eliminated from recipes. Using other herbs and seasonings can give recipes delicious flavors. These are just a few simple steps to help you be a little healthier this holiday season.

Many people have difficulty figuring out what they can eat for the holidays, especially when it comes to eating healthy holiday treats. The Lunch N’ Learn for the month of December will focus on “Healthy Holiday Treats.” Speakers will discuss some fun, easy snacks, appetizers, and sides that you can have. It will be held at 12 p.m., Tuesday, Dec.10, at the Person County Auditorium. It is only $5 to attend, and your registration fee must be received by Dec. 6.

Try the following recipe courtesy of the USDA at https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/. For more information on Food for Thought programs, activities and recipes, check us out online at http://facebook.com/persongranvillefcs or email jennifer_grable@ncsu.edu

Roast Turkey Breast with Rosemary, Sage and Thyme

Serves 8

3 lbs. turkey breast half (with skin and bones)

1 onion, large quartered

1 carrot, large quartered

1 tsp dried sage

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp rosemary

3 Tbsp. olive oil

Salt and pepper (to taste, optional)

Chicken broth (for basting, optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place turkey breast in roasting pan along with onion and carrot. Mix spices with olive oil. Rub turkey with olive oil. Roast turkey at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Baste with chicken broth (optional). Reduce turkey temperature to 350 degrees and roast turkey, basting every 20 minutes with pan juices, about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until meat thermometer inserted in thick part of meat registers 165 degrees. Remove to carving board and let rest for 10 minutes. Remove skin from the turkey before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Information: 220 calories, 9g fat, 65mg sodium, 1g fiber

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