December 2017 ttimes web magazine

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Healthy Holidays holiday meal is to select your favorite entreé ~ perhaps a turkey or salmon ~ add a crunchy salad with two or more fruits and vegetables, bread and a delectable dessert. When planning a menu, remember to include an array of colors, shapes and textures. If one vegetable is a starch, such as mashed potatoes, select a vegetable such as Brussels sprouts or Asian vegetables to go alongside it. If the menu already has a wide array of flavors, add a simple kale salad or a firm fruit salad such as a cranberry ring.

Since the holidays are bound to bring plenty of casseroles and treats, I am including some tips to help you maintain healthy habits and a healthy weight throughout the season. To cope with the gastronomic demands, it is imperative that you maintain exercise and continue to eat healthfully so you can splurge when you want and have your favorite holiday foods. TIPS • Don’t skip meals. • Savor your meal in smaller portions. • Drink water throughout the day, as dehydration can often be mistaken for hunger. • Delegate responsibility ~ ask others for help. • Make time for yourself. • Get the entire family involved by taking walks together. • Exercise at least 15 minutes a day to help reduce stress.

HERB-ROASTED TURKEY BREAST Serves 6-8 1 6-lb. bone-in turkey breast, halved, skin removed 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, pressed 1 T. fresh sage, or 1 t. dried 1 T. fresh thyme, or 1 t. dried 1 T. fresh rosemary leaves, or 1 t. dried 1 t. sea salt

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