Healthy Bites For This Busy Holiday Season and Beyond, by Lisa Johnson, RD

By the time you read this, the doors have swung open and the race is on! The last few weeks of each year tend to be the most frantic as we aim to complete deadlines, strategize for the coming year, and celebrate where we’ve come with an abundance of food and giving. It’s a wonderful high-energy time for many, but also a slippery slope for the healthy life-style. REMEMBER WHEN WE LOSE SLEEP AND MAKE POOR FOOD CHOICES, OUR IMMUNITY TAKE A DIVE. IF YOU WANT YOUR BODY’S DEFENSE UP, YOU NEED LOTS OF FRUITS AND VEGETBLES! Here are a few tips to keep you health-safe during this wonderfully busy season.

1. Maintain quiet time each day if only for 10-15 minutes to gather your thoughts, breathe, and establish a reasonable plan.

2. Keep water bottles in your car. It is so easy to get dehydrated and end up spending $3 or more on a sugar-laden refreshment.

3. Keep healthy whole-food bars on hand to prevent over-eating when your pace slows down. Good choices include RX Bars, Larabars, RISE bars, KIND Nut Bars.

4. When you stop to grab a bite on the run or bring dinner home, please choose from some of the regions’ healthies options. And there are some! These venues offer an abundance of vegetables, hormone-free meats, fresh fruits, protein, and fiber. Core-Life is our newest venue. Check it out soon!

Core-Life Eatery: Westover Terrace and Green Valley Road

Zoe’s Kitchen: Friendly Center and West Wendover, Stratford Towers on Stratford Rd in Winston Salem

Clean Juice: Friendly Center

Grabba Green: North Elm Village

Village Juice Co.: Downtown Winston Salem and Stratford Towers on Stratford Rd. in Winston Salem

Clean Eatz: HanesTowne Village Shopping Center on Stratford in Winston Salem

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