Get Cozy! Holiday Traditions from Dietitians

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year – we hope you agree! The holidays are upon us – there may be snow flurries where you are, or cranberry biscotti baking in the oven, or bits of ribbon and wrapping paper strewn about the floor in anticipation of the pending holiday. We want to slow down today and share a bit about holiday traditions with you – we invited a couple of dietitians to share their beloved traditions, and we invite you to share your own below as well. Take some time to think about a current or past tradition – or perhaps a new one that you want to incorporate this year! 

When we think of tradition, the word comfort or security comes to mind – it’s those memories or acts that are part of our culture or family history that we carry forward year-to-year and find happiness in doing so! The saying goes, “At the heart of every family tradition is a meaningful experience.” And many of our holiday traditions are centered around food, especially for those of you who are dietitians and CNSs! Here are a few “meaningful experiences” from RDNs:

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Kelli Shallal, dietitian and blogger at Hungry Hobby, notes that her favorite Christmas cooking tradition is making her Grandma's No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies this time of year. “It's a timeless classic that reminds me of licking the bowl!” she says. These delicious, no-bake cookies are based on a handed down family recipe from generation to generation, and while they may not be low-calorie or low-fat, it’s ok to treat ourselves every once in a while! 

Dietitian Maria Westberg Adams, of Hälsa Nutrition, shared her recipe for Pepparkakor, or thin and crispy Swedish Gingersnaps. Maria is a Swedish-born, New England-raised dietitian with a love for good food – including gingersnaps. She shares that these cookies are traditionally eaten in December in Sweden with a cup of coffee or some glögg (mulled wine). If you’d like to “healthify” the recipe a touch, Maria suggests making the dough with at least half white whole wheat flour, or even more. 

Now it’s your turn. Please share your favorite holiday tradition – cooking or otherwise – below. We look forward to reading your comments!