A Healthy Take on Family Reunions

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Family reunions are a great time to see relatives, celebrate your heritage, catch up on news, and create memories. Take steps to make sure your family get-together is safe and healthy.

Plan a Healthy Menu
Assign this task to a family member who will have a conscious effort to provide healthy options for your family members.  The right person on your team can make this project a huge success and create teachable moments at simple events.  The wrong person can make your reunion become a greasy disaster.  Now, don’t get it twisted, I enjoy good food, but it doesn’t have to swim in grease and drown in salt!  Begin by serving food that is low in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol. Include a variety of fruits and vegetables, which provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health, and also may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Rethink Your Drink 
Many people don’t realize how many calories beverages can contribute to their daily intake. There are plenty of options for reducing the number of calories in what you drink and in making smart beverage choices. For instance, choose water.

For the full article, pick up the July/Aug 2017 issue of ONYX

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