20 Healthy Holiday Hacks from the Experts at Aramark and the American Heart Association
December 07, 2017 at 08:00 AM EST
Celebrating the holidays with food, family and friends is what makes this time of year special. Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a global leader in food, facilities and uniforms, that serves more than two billion meals each year, and the American Heart Association (AHA), the nation's largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, have teamed up to dish out recipes, tips and tricks from their experts, to help families create a healthy holiday celebration.
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Aramark and the American Heart Association have teamed up to dish out recipes, tips and tricks from their experts, to help families create a healthy holiday celebration. (Photo: Business Wire)
Aramark and the American Heart Association are working together to improve the health of Americans 20% by 2020. Through healthy menu and recipe innovation, health awareness and education programs, Aramark and the AHA are encouraging individuals and families to make healthy eating a part of everyday life, including during the holidays.
“The holidays are all about tradition, heritage and family togetherness, which can often include indulging in your family’s favorite meals,” said Annette Gray, Lead Chef, Culinary & Innovation Aramark. “With all of the tasty temptation, there are plenty of tips and tricks to help maintain a balance of incorporating healthy foods, while still enjoying traditional holiday favorites.”
“It’s okay to indulge sometimes during the holidays, just enjoy in moderation,” said Rachel Johnson, PhD, RD, a Professor of Nutrition and Medicine at the University of Vermont and spokesperson for the American Heart Association. “Extra calories, sodium, saturated fats and added sugars are hiding in a lot of traditional holiday treats. The good news is, you can make some simple changes to swap out the unhealthy ingredients without sacrificing flavor or fun.”
COMFORT FOOD SWAPS: There’s no reason to cut out traditional holiday foods. Enjoy holiday favorites by swapping out a few ingredients with healthier ones, or reimagining signature holiday flavors.
HOLIDAY SUSTAINABILITY TIPS: Enjoy the holiday season, while being mindful of the planet, with these tips and tricks.
HEALTH & SAFETY TIPS: Keep safety top of mind, when preparing a holiday feast, by remembering these tips from Aramark’s safety experts.
MAKE IT MEATLESS: Turkey, ham or roasts don’t have to be the only stars of the holidays. Fill your plate up with plant-based options that make the most of seasonal vegetables.
Butternut Squash Bisque
Sweet Potato Poblano Salad
Cinnamon-Glazed Root Vegetables
Nutrition Analysis (per serving)
Calories 105, Total Fat 5.0 g, Saturated Fat 0.5 g, Trans Fat 0.0 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g, Monounsaturated Fat 3.0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 71 mg, Carbohydrates 15 g, Fiber 3 g, Sugars 5 g, Protein 1 g. Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.
Curried Pumpkin Soup
Nutrition Analysis (per serving)
Calories 188, Total Fat 5.0 g, Saturated Fat 0.5 g, Trans Fat 0.0 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2.0 g, Monounsaturated Fat 1.5 g, Cholesterol 3 mg, Sodium 202 mg, Carbohydrates 25 g, Fiber 7 g, Sugars 17 g, Protein 14 g. Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, ½ fat-free milk, 1 lean meat
This recipe is reprinted with permission from The New American Heart Association Cookbook, 9th Edition. Copyright © 2017 by the American Heart Association. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Available from booksellers everywhere.
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About American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.