‘Tis the Season – Happy Holidays
As we conclude the holiday season, there are so many reasons to celebrate, and ways to do so to keep up with your healthy lifestyle!
Finishing the season – and the year – with a Healthy Holidays wish to you and yours!
The holiday season can be a magical time, but for people who are already stressed over work demands, paying the bills, and shuttling kids from here to there, the season can sometimes feel like just one more layer of stress.
A study on holiday stress identified a range of coping mechanisms that Americans turn to in an effort to hold it together through the month of December – everything from eating and drinking to attending religious services to working out at the gym.
At the top of the list was listening to music.
Small wonder. We might grow weary of “Winter Wonderland” playing in stores – especially when we start hearing it in early September. But what would the holidays be without the songs of the season?
It turns out there is a reason Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is still one of the best-selling singles of all time. Music is an integral part of how we celebrate holidays, especially during this time of year. It connects us to our family traditions and cultural roots. And the soothing, healing power of music makes it the perfect antidote to all the hustle and bustle.
So this season, don’t skimp on the music, whether Handel’s Messiah, Oh Chanukah, Nat King Cole or the Chipmunks…whatever strikes your fancy and makes you want to hum along.
And don’t just listen. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas or Chanukah, nothing does more to bring a gathering together than live music – singing around the piano, or just singing – and breathing new life into those old favorites.
On the Road: Travel Safety Tips
If you’re planning to be on the road this holiday, here are some tips to help you arrive safe and sound:
- Make sure your tires are safe and your vehicle is properly maintained.
- Map your route in advance so you don’t panic in heavy traffic when you are about to miss your exit.
- Keep a cell phone and charger with you, but hands-free only when driving.
- If you are tired or drowsy, pull over. Get a cup of coffee or take a short nap.
- Don’t ever drink and drive.
Source: http://exchange.aaa.com/automobiles-travel/automobiles/holiday-road-trip- travel-tips/#.WEghzLIrKM9
Fresh Dates Stuffed with Rosemary-Mascarpone Cheese
Makes: 24 dates | Serving size: 2 dates | Serves: 12
Dates are the perfect complement to the many sweets that surround us during the holiday season. They are also high in potassium and fiber. If you can’t find mascarpone cheese, you can make a substitute by blending 16 ounces of cream cheese with ? cup of sour cream and ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream.
- 4 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 2 tbsp finely snipped fresh rosemary
- ¾ pound (about 24) pitted fresh Medjool dates
- ½ cup (about 1½ ounces) finely chopped walnuts
- Fresh rosemary, for garnish
- Combine mascarpone cheese and rosemary in a small bowl, mixing well. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour for flavors to blend.
- Slit the dates along one side. Stuff each date with about 1 teaspoon mascarpone cheese mixture, leaving the slit slightly open to expose the cheese mixture.
- Dip the cheese-stuffed dates in the walnuts along the slit, allowing the walnuts to coat the cheese mixture.
- Garnish with rosemary leaves, if desired.
- Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.