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Harvest of the Month

November is here, and the holiday season is almost upon us! This month’s nutrition tips focus on making healthier holiday choices and the physical activity for this month is dancing. Using​, you can also find great recipes using November’s Harvest of the Month, Apples.

November Themes:

  • Nutrition: Make Healthier Holiday Choices
  • Harvest of the Month: Apples
  • Physical Activity: Dancing

Making Healthier Holiday Choices:

The holidays are often filled with time-honored traditions, which include sharing some of our favorite meals and foods with our families and friends. This year, due to COVID-19, the holidays might look a little different. As you plan your holiday celebrations this year, think of little changes you can make so you and your loved ones can have a safe and healthy season. Here are some tips to get you started: 
  • Celebrate the holidays this year with those you live with
  • When visiting with those you do not live with, keep your visits outside, wear a mask, and practice social distancing
  • Avoid buffet-style holiday dinners
  • Wash your hands frequently and have hand sanitizer available just in case
  • Enjoy all the food groups at your celebration
  • Make sure your protein is lean
  • Bake healthier – substitute with healthier ingredients
  • Make exercise a part of the fun
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Be mindful of your portion sizes
  • If you are feeling under the weather at all this holiday season, celebrate virtually to avoid getting others sick
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Harvest of the Month: Apples

A half cup of sliced apples is a good source of fiber. Fiber helps you feel full, helps keep your blood sugar level normal, and helps to avoid constipation. It is found only in plant foods.

Additional Resources:
  • Harvest of the Month Community Newsletter: Apples – English / Spanish
  • Harvest of the Month Family Newsletter: Apples – English / Spanish
Featured Recipes:
  • Red Beet and Apple Salad – This recipe makes a light and festive side dish. English / Spanish / Chinese
  • Sweet Potato Apple Pie – This recipe makes for a nice alternative to pumpkin pie during the holidays. English / Spanish / Chinese
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Energize Your Body with Dancing: 

Dancing is a fun and easy way to get physical activity! It’s great for improving circulation, toning muscles in the lower and upper body, and giving you more energy. Physical activity, such as dancing, can also lower stress and help you relax. 

Here are some tips for getting started with dancing at home:
  • Turn on your favorite music and do your own dance moves
  • Dance to a routine on an exercise DVD or videos on YouTube
Examples of dancing activities include: Zumba, Aerobic Dancing, Salsa, Ballroom Dancing, and Freestyle Dancing.

Additional Resources: 

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Healthy Communities Branch
CalFresh Healthy Living Program
1775 Story Road, Suite 120
San Jose, CA 95122
Main Line: (408) 793-2700
Fax: (408) 251-4014​
Last updated: 11/2/2020 6:15 PM