Sunday, January 16, 2011

Of Food Traditions and New Year's Eve

Isn't it ironic that every New Year's Eve, we pig out on junk food as our last hurrah before beginning our dieting on January first?! It's funny how tied to food traditions we become, especially around the holidays, and isn't it interesting that none of the food traditions are healthy? Christmas cookies and candy at Christmas time, chocolate at Valentine's, tons of candy at Easter, hot dogs, chips, and pop on the 4th of July, loads of candy at Halloween, etc., etc. I'll be the first to admit it's fun to indulge on occasion, but I thought maybe this New Year's Eve, we would see if we could start a new food tradition in our family--one of healthy snacks, to bring in the New Year on a good note. It turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself, and we felt great afterwards--not the normal, slightly bloated feeling one gets when eating too much tasty but not very healthy food!

I think this is one tradition we will try to keep, even if we still indulge on the other holidays! Maybe year by year we will slowly replace our candy and cookies traditions with more healthy alternatives! We'll see!

Our New Year's treat menu:

fresh pineapple slices with toasted coconut
carrot sticks with homemade ranch dip
apple slices with yogurt dip
dark chocolate squares with dried raspberry pieces
ants on a log with almond butter


We did enjoy our quiet New Year's Eve party at home with our little family. We played all sorts of fun games, and the kids enjoyed staying up late, although none of us quite made it 'til midnight!



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