Guest Blog: How to Plan a Proper Christmas with Healthy Meals


1Plan your Christmas party and menu three or four weeks in advance to cut stress, create delicious healthy meals, and make the holidays enjoyable and relaxing. You can spread the chores over the weeks leading to Christmas and tick off your to-do lists day by day and one by one. One thing you want to get out of the way is the menu plan for the special day. In addition to Christmas dinner, you may also need to prepare special healthy recipes for Christmas day and the following days leading up to the New Year. Determine how many people you will be serving for which meals and find out if anyone has special dietary needs and particular dislikes.

To keep a tight budget, plan to have leftovers that can be used for the next day or the following days as a basis for a new meal. You can turn most dishes into healthy food like sandwiches, salads, soups, or casseroles, for example. You can also plan dishes that you can prepare days in advance and freeze without losing quality and flavor. This way, the less you will need to do on the big day itself.

Decide on a theme for the party, whether it is a type of cuisine, whether you are leaning towards traditional or contemporary, and what kind of colors, motif, and ambiance you are aiming towards. Plan the table settings and decorations ahead and list down all that you need for the occasion including silverware, glassware, china, tablecloth, napkins, serving plates, salad bowls, candelabra, candles, flower vase, flowers, centerpieces, and so on.

Write a timeline and to-do list of all the tasks you need to do such as shopping, organizing, gift- wrapping, and cooking. Divide the tasks into those that can be done in advance and those that need to be done on the day itself. Spread the shopping over the few weeks to stay on budget and beat the rush.

Choose healthy food like salmon, glazed ham on the bone, prawns, fish, turkey, fillet of beef, lamb, berries, apricots, prunes, currants, nuts, figs, melons, pears, mangoes, avocados, asparagus, green beans, chestnuts, mushrooms, fresh herbs, tomatoes, and potatoes.

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My name is Katy Cavallero from Toronto, ON Canada and a part time photographer. Being a good photographer is definitely not easy. I also joined the staff of a business magazine which was based in London and became a corporate photographer. During free time, I create blogs and post contents related to foods. It is my pleasure to share valuable information, knowledge and tips to this blog community.

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The Season of ‘Tis and ‘Twas


Santa Claus

Santa.

Ever  since I was a kid and like millions if not billions around the world, when we hear the word “Santa” we automatically draw this visual image of an older man, heavy built, a white beard, high rosy cheek bones, and eye glasses on. But most importantly, what really makes him stand out is his uniform. Just like superman or batman or any other superhero, we can easily identify them simply by their uniform. While most of the superheroes prefer to wear tights, we see that Santa Claus has chosen a thicker uniform, and that’s because he lives in a place where no man can survive, “the north pole”. If it’s freezing in the summer time, you can only imagine how cold it gets in the winter time.

While most of the superheroes claim to provide protection to everyone on earth all-year round, we hear of Santa whose only purpose is to deliver toys in one night. That to me, is a lot of work; Not only that, he also has to make sure that only those that deserve a toy would get one, and those that were naughty shouldn’t.  It is really hard for him to come down the chimney to begin with, but now imagine he only has to leave one toy for one of two kids in a household, “the good boy”. I know the second kid will side with the Grinch, that’s what I would do if I were him.

The Grinch

But that’s not the point, the main question I have always had is: What does Santa do when he is delivering toys in places where his “freezing proof” uniform is now acting more like a “Surround Sauna”? Does he have “Santa shorts” uniform with a sleeveless “Santa Jacket” that is not made of fleece? Do kids leave him milk and cookies in those countries or maybe he would rather have a refreshing glass of lemonade instead?

If he is flying over Washington DC, will we see the US Air Force scrambling a couple of jets escorting him away from the White House?

I am not sure what the answers are, but would love to hear some suggestions.

Raghid Khalil