Holidays at Common Threads
Have a Healthy Holiday Season with Common Threads
The holiday season is a time to bring families together to celebrate traditions, and a great way to do this is through family meals! We’re sharing a few great holiday themed recipes, as well as a few tips on how you can have a healthy holiday season.
About Common Threads
Common Threads is a national nonprofit that provides children and families cooking and nutrition education to encourage healthy habits that contribute to wellness. We equip under-resourced communities with information to make affordable, nutritious and appealing food choices wherever they live, work, learn and play.
Our programs support the whole family, and include our Family Cooking Classes, Parent Workshops and Grocery Store Tours. Please consider donating to Common Threads so we can continue to inspire health and wellness in our families.
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Cooking At Home With Kids
Cooking with kids not only helps teach important skills, but also helps them form lifelong family memories.
- Take it slow. Allow a child to master one skill at a time.
- Praise and motivate. Encourage and thank kids for helping in the kitchen, and use positive reinforcement to help them learn and improve.
- Practice safety. Knife safety, sanitation and using safe minimum cooking temperatures are critical. Make sure to teach these skills to your kids. See our Kitchen Safety Guide for details.
- Make it fun! Sing, dance and laugh while in the kitchen.
- Incorporate culture into your cooking. If you’re using a family recipe, tell children about how you discovered the recipe. Use the Internet and other resources to determine the origins of the dishes you’re making.
Holiday Grocery Shopping Tips
We encourage families to do their grocery shopping together! This incorporates numerous skills that strengthen children’s abilities in math, science and English language arts.
- Comparison shop.Grocery stores have good deals during the holidays. Check their ads in the newspaper and online. When in the store, look high and low, not just at eye-level.
- Compare unit price - if you’ll be able to use a larger container, it may help you save money over time. Many foods can be frozen and used later.
- Plan ahead and make a shopping list before you get to the store, and try to use one ingredient for many meals.
- Shop the perimeter of the store first - this is where the most nutritious foods tend to be located. Focus on frozen fruits and vegetables and pantry items when you’re shopping the aisles.
- Have your grocery store and your meals reflect the Chef’s Plate: half fruits and vegetables, a quarter whole-grains and a quarter lean protein.
- Check the nutritional label as a tool to look for nutrients. When buying frozen or canned, check the label for added sugar and sodium levels.
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Cranberry Chutney
Sweet Pepper Glazed Pork Chops
Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
Cranberry Apple Spinach Salad
Apple Brussels Sprout Salad
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Holiday Crisp Crumble