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The Best Gift for Every Health Enthusiast in 2014

Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is just over a week away! That means it’s already time to start getting your holiday shopping done. The Christmas season is all about giving, and many of us take this to heart as our shopping list grows and grows each year. As dietitians, I know that many of you like to use this as a time to thank your clients and encourage them through this season. For others, you may just have a health enthusiast in your life that you find it hard to buy for.

Whoever it is you’ve got in mind, we’ve created the best gift for every health enthusiast in 2014 that will be a perfect fit for them! Our Healthy Holiday Gift Boxes are packed with dietitian approved treats and snacks that will make the health nut in your life jump for joy! Plus, each box includes a few tips for enjoying a healthy holiday season. We’ve created them in two different sizes to make sure we can meet any budget and pre-filled them with some of our favorite snacks so you don’t even have to think about it. But, if you have some specific items you want included, we can customize your box to include any snacks you’d like. Simply email us at info@ncescatalog.com or give us a call at 877.623.7266 to customize your gift box today.

Whether you’re searching for the perfect teacher’s gift or for your dance instructor, personal trainer, or dietitian, these Healthy Holiday Gift Boxes are a great fit and make your holiday shopping just a little easier. They’re also great for employee, co-worker and bosses gifts.

Check them out today! You can have them shipped to you to give as gifts. Or, you can put your recipients mailing address in and we can ship directly to them.

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Holiday Gift Boxes

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Cooking Fresh in the ‘Off Season’

Fresh Winter Pears NCES CatalogAs winter settles in throughout most of the country, are you finding that you’re tired of cooking from a can? When spring arrives, it’s exciting to start buying fresh and cooking light, fresh meals with seasonal fruits and vegetables. But, why wait until spring? Instead, adjust your recipes to include fresh fruits and vegetables that are in-season throughout the winter months. Here are a couple of freshtastic foods that have more flavor this time of year than any other!

Brussels Sprouts: If you just said “Gross!” under your breath, you should be ashamed! The days of mushy canned brussels sprouts are gone forever… at least for us. Instead, we’ve found ways to bake, broil and sauté these little gems into tasty side dishes full of flavor and freshness.

Simple and Light Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Food Network

Fresh, Citrusy Brussels Sprouts with Walnut-Lemon Vinaigrette – If you close your eyes, you may think it’s summer

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Onions – Talk about comfort food!

Pears: Growing up, canned pears were always a favorite snack in my house. Probably because they were canned in sugary syrup. But, have you tried a freshly sliced pear that’s never seen the inside of a can? I prefer a freshly cut pear over the canned variety any day. So, for the spring and summer, remember that an apple a day will keep the doctor away. But, for the winter months, switch to pears for a naturally sweet treat. These are great fresh or cooked in to your favorite dish as a replacement for apples.

Sweet Potatoes: There is a reason that sweet potatoes are a staple at every Thanksgiving and Christmas meal… they are at their finest during the holidays. Although sweet potato casseroles are the most common way we see sweet potatoes prepared, there are so many different ways to cook and enjoy them.

Spiced Sweet Potato Chips – Forget store-bought chips. This is the only snack you’ll need all winter!

Two-Toned Mashed Potatoes – A sweet twist on an old holiday favorite!

Because of the selection of frozen foods in most grocery stores these days, we can enjoy most foods all year long. However, if you have a hankering for fresh (never frozen, never canned) foods in the winter months, remember that there are foods that are in season this time of year. You may have to think outside the box to prepare them. But, rest assured that your palate will appreciate the change in flavor! For a larger list of seasonal fruits and veggies, visit fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org. What are your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables during the winter months? Share them here on the blog, on Facebook or on Twitter

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2011 Is the Year YOU Will Stay Healthy for the Holidays!

Are you tired of saying ‘THIS is the year I will stay healthy for the holidays’, only to get consumed with all of the unhealthy habits that run rampant throughout the holidays? It can definitely be a frustrating experience. But, this is your year… we’ve compiled a list of ideas to help you avoid unhealthy holiday habits and stay on the path to a healthier you!

  1. Cut the fat! Remember, there are so many substitutes you can use in your foods to cut the fat. In many recipes, you can replace oil with applesauce. Plus, it’s always a great idea to use egg substitutes instead of eggs.
  2. Continue to exercise! With all of the Christmas parties and family get-togethers, it is hard to keep your workout routine. But, find a buddy and commit to working out at least 4 times per week. You can help hold each other accountable.
  3. Don’t over indulge!  Who can resist the platefuls of homemade fudge, gallons of holiday Wassail and Santa’s cookies?  I know I can’t! The key is moderation… enjoy your favorite foods in healthy portions. And, if you do over indulge, be sure to make up for it in the gym! Remember the E.I.E.O theory, Energy In (food) needs to equal Energy Out (exercise).

Although we are pretty proud of this list, we understand that there are many other things you can do to stay healthy during the holidays! What do you do? We’d love to hear about your ideas for staying healthy this holiday so we can all start 2012 on a healthy foot! Share your thoughts here on the blog, on Facebook or on Twitter! Cant’ wait to hear from you!

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Take the Guesswork Out of your Holiday Gift Giving!

As we said the other day on Facebook, December 3rd was ‘Make Your Own Gift Day’. But, we know that you’re too busy to sit down and actually make your own gifts, so we did it for you! We’ve put together 4 gift basket options… which one is right for you? BTW – These gift baskets are wrapped and ready-to-give! Ship directly to one, or many! (Click title for more details and larger images)

$25 Holiday Gift Set

Set includes: Fruit & Veggie Note cards (1 set of 12) Eco-friendly shopping bag (1) $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook (1) and Stainless Steel Water Bottle (1). Continue reading