Healthy Holidays!

With the Holidays usually comes hectic busy schedules.  We are all trying to get everything done and accomplished before the big day arrives!  Sometimes as our households get busier, our well balanced meals fall to the way side.  During this busy time it’s more important than ever to be prepared and plan ahead!

Have a look at your holiday schedule for the month of December.  Look at the days you will be eating out and those days which you will be eating at home.  The only way to stay on track with healthy meals is to plan well in advance.  Plan your weekly menus and shop on Sunday’s for your whole week. Get the kids involved with the menu planning.  Make sure to develop balanced meals which include lots of fruits and veggies, a meat or alternative, a dairy or alternative and a healthy grain. Ensuring our meals are balanced is key to feeling fuller longer and avoiding unhealthy snacking throughout the day.

Most kids love tacos try this quick healthy supper recipe for a quick week day meal:

Turkey Taco Salad

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces ground turkey (this can be pre-cooked from the freezer!)
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups salsa
  • 1/2 cup canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8 cups torn romaine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  • Optional toppings: chopped tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and crushed whole grain tortilla chips
Directions
  1. In a large skillet, cook turkey, peppers, onion and garlic over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, breaking up turkey into crumbles; drain.
  2. Stir in salsa, beans, chili powder and cumin; heat through.
  3. Divide romaine among four plates. Top with turkey mixture; sprinkle with cilantro and toppings of your choice. Serve immediately.

turkey taco salad

Recipe sourced from: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/turkey-taco-salad

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland & Labrador.

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