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Include Food Observances at Your Holiday Party

By Brandi Goodman 

To help create your holiday party menu, consider the food observances celebrated in December. National Eggnog Month and National Fruitcake Month get celebrated this month, for example. You can concoct healthier versions of the foods praised throughout the month to help your friends and family -- and yourself -- enjoy better options of the popular choices.

Eggnog

Eggnog is a popular holiday drink. Skip the store-bought options and make some at home to boost its nutritional value. You can cut out some of the fat, sugar, and calories this way. Starting with a low-fat milk is a good start.

Fruitcake

Fruitcake is another commonly enjoyed holiday treat. It's better to make this at home since most that you'll find at the store will be full of sugar. Use coconut flour instead of all-purpose and coconut oil instead of butter. 

Chocolate

National Chocolate Candy Day gets celebrated near the end of December. Include some chocolate candy at your party for a quick and easy dessert option. Dark chocolate is much better for you than milk, so use it instead. Dark chocolate with more than 72 percent cocao is better to get because it has more antioxidants. Melt dark chocolate over sticks and let them cool for quick chocolate suckers that each person can grab.

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is more common at Thanksgiving but the dessert has a special day in December. Make your own homemade so you don't get the sugar the store versions offer. Start with an actual pumpkin and avoid the canned purees. A whole grain crust is also advised.

Popcorn Strings

Once upon a time people strung together popcorn strings to hang on their trees. Though this practice may not be observed by as many households today, the food option still holds weight in the world. National Popcorn String Day is one celebrated in December as well. Create some to hang at your holiday party so that guests can pick off pieces and enjoy. Popcorn is an easy snack and isn't very high in calories as long as you don't add lots of butter.

Include December food observances at your holiday party and encourage your friends and family to enjoy the things celebrated in the month. You can create healthier versions that are more beneficial to the body for even better results. Too many people include the same basic options at their gatherings. Do something different for your gathering.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Gold River, Calif.

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