Staying Healthy after the Holidays
By Jennifer Bain, RDN, LDN, MEd
Happy New Year! As the holidays wind down and we start the New Year experiencing drastic weather changes, our fears of catching the flu or a cold set in. If you are anything like me, I find myself following every old wives’ tale and taking extreme measures to try to prevent getting sick. There are many problems to this approach, including financial burdens of the cost of products which claim to prevent illness or reduce symptoms if you do get sick. Also, and most importantly, many of these claims are not good medicine; they are not proven by science. They can easily distract from interventions which we know actually work, like vaccinations.
Luckily, there are valid lifestyle interventions which can help in flu prevention and symptom severity or duration. One of the simplest steps to reducing your risk of getting sick is to wash your hands regularly throughout the day and especially prior to eating. Maintaining proper hydration and nutrition also are instrumental in overall physical health and healing. Most importantly, get your flu shot every year! The flu vaccination can reduce your risk of contracting the flu by 40% – 60%. Even if you do happen to get the flu, the vaccination can reduce the length and severity of your symptoms.
For more information regarding dietary and lifestyle options to help you escape suffering cold and flu season this winter, call our office to schedule an appointment with Jennifer.
Still have a sweet tooth, but want to limit the amount of sweets you eat after the holidays?
Try this family-favorite recipe to curb your chocolate craving. This Silken Chocolate Pie is very low in added sugars and fats, yet is an excellent source of fiber, protein, and calcium!
Silken Chocolate Pie Ingredients:
1 pkg silken tofu
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1. Melt chocolate (this can be done in the microwave or stovetop. If using the microwave be sure to check on chocolate and stir every 30 seconds to prevent burning).
2. Add all ingredients to a high quality blender or food processor. Blend for 5 minutes or longer as needed. When fully blended, the mixture should appear smooth like mousse.
3. Transfer into serving dish. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours or more until the desired density is reached. The longer it chills, the thicker it will become.
4. Enjoy! Note: For a true pie experience, add a pie crust of choice!
**This recipe will fill an 8” pie mold, but can easily be set in individual serving containers for portion control.