Holiday feasts: planning for healthy and happy occasions

While the holidays are meant to be a time of joy, they also can be stressful.

If you follow a restrictive diet because of diabetes or dialysis, holiday gatherings can be challenging when it comes to healthy choices and portion control.

Whether you’re hosting family and friends or will be a guest, these links can help increase your enjoyment and lower your stress.

Explore these great ideas for staying healthy and happy at holiday get-togethers and throughout the season.

If you’re cooking a turkey, especially if it’s your first time, try this advice for picking the right size and choosing the healthier types.

After you’ve chosen your turkey, take a look at these ideas for keeping your bird nice and moist while you prepare it. Try these directions for Easy Roast Salt-free Turkey, which include ingredients for turkey seasoning.

For side dishes, you won’t go wrong with Wild Rice Stuffing and Pumpkin Chiffon Pie.

When it’s time for leftovers, here’s a tasty Turkey Barley Soup recipe to extend your holiday spirit.

With a little planning and communication, you can enjoy the camaraderie as well as the menu at your holiday spread.