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Dec 23rd 12:52:33 PM

Staying Healthy This Holiday!

By Michael Leidig, MS, RD, LDN, CPT Clinical Director, Center for Youth Wellness Tufts University

December's here and in many parts of the country that means chilly weather. If you find yourself craving a warm beverage to combat the colder temps, hot cocoa is often the drink of choice. However, as you've learned in BOKS, it can also be high in sugar. So make a DIY version to lower sugar with 1 cup of skim milk, 2 tsp cocoa power, and 1-2 tsp sugar. Nothing better than a nice warm breakfast to start off those chilly mornings too. Eggs, cheese, and whole grain toast create a balanced high-protein meal that satisfies and energizes to get you through until lunch.

The holiday season is upon us and baking treats is common. Enjoy these in small portions, and best to have after a meal and not on an empty stomach. Remember, treats are great to have on special occasions, but it's a "holi-day" not a "holi-month!"

And make sure to start 2016 off right by making a New Year's resolution. A great one is to eat breakfast. It will give you the energy and focus to perform your best throughout the day in school and extra-curricular activities alike.

Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

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