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Stay Healthy During the Holidays

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Tis the season for holiday parties, family gatherings, and the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating and visiting loved ones! Stay healthy so you feel your best during this wonderful time of the year!

  • Pack your shopping cart with plenty of fresh vegetables including sweet potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, carrots and green beans. Apples, cranberries and pears combine easily for a tasty salad, fruit crisp or topping for the turkey.
  • Substitute applesauce for oil, margarine or butter in muffins and breads such as banana bread. Try substituting a small amount at first, as the more you substitute the more the texture of the finished product changes.
  • Choose reduced-fat or low-fat cheeses for salads and casseroles.
  • Schedule time to exercise to ensure you're maintaining at least 3 days of physical activity per week.
  • Stay hydrated! Keep your water bottle with you and aim at drinking at least 8, 8 oz. glasses per day.
  • Relax! Don't over schedule yourself and try to take time to yourself.

If you are attending a dinner / party:

  • Start your day with a small meal that includes whole grains, fruit, vegetables and protein. Eat a small meal or snack before the event so you aren't tempted to overeat.
  • Don't rush to eat. Socialize and settle into the festivities before you eat.
  • Savor foods you truly enjoy and pass up on those that don't really interest you.
  • Move your socializing away from the buffet or appetizer trays. This will minimize the unconscious nibbling.

December Safety Tip

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Napa Valley Glazed Salmon

Elegant and gourmet-delicious, this salmon recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes!


2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon white pepper
1¼ pounds salmon, cut into 4 pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine the honey, thyme, mustard, lemon zest and pepper in a small bowl. Arrange the salmon, with the skin side down, in a shallow roasting pan lined with cooking foil. Using the back of a spoon, spread the honey mixture to coat the top of each fillet.
  3. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F and flesh is opaque and flakes with a fork.

Cooking Notes

  • Extra Serving Suggestion: Slice leftover salmon and place on top of a bed of mixed greens and chopped tomatoes for an easy lunch or dinner.
  • Variation: Substitute your favorite dried or fresh herb for the thyme — or combine several.
  • Tip: To store fresh fish a day or two after purchase, rinse and place in a bag with ice. Pour off melted ice and replace with more ice chunks.
  • Nutrition Nugget: The white droplets accumulating on the top of salmon are rich in omega-3s, and so is the gray-colored meat right next to the skin. Enjoy both to reap the most omega-3s.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 3 ounces
Serves 4

Calories: 270; Total fat: 11g; Saturated fat: 1.5g; Cholesterol: 90mg; Sodium: 135mg; Total carbohydrate: 10g; Dietary fiber: 0g; Protein: 32g

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  • DECEMBER 13TH & 14TH: Early Dismissal, Secondary Schools
  • DECEMBER 15: Early Dismissal, All Schools
  • DECEMBER 18 - JANUARY 1: Christmas/New Year's Break
  • JANUARY 2ND: Planning Day / Student Holiday
  • JANUARY 3RD: Food & Nutrition Services Inservice Day / Student Holiday
  • JANUARY 4TH: Students return to school
  • JANUARY 15: Martin Luther King Day Holiday
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