6 Healthy Eating Tips for the Holiday Season

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The holiday season is a time of year when we tend to over eat! Do you know why? An obvious reason is the abundance of food that is so easily accessible; cookies, pies, eggnog, and turkey with all the trimmings. Everywhere you look there are luscious and delicious desserts, staring back at you. While the presence of these foods makes you have cravings and overeat, the real reason is stress. It makes you crave sugary, fatty foods and weakens your ability to make good choices. Below are 6 healthy eating tips to help you get through the busy holiday season and beyond.

1. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A hearty breakfast fuels the body for the day’s activities. I know it’s hard, but you have to really try to not miss this meal! This will help set the tone for how you cope with the stress of the day.

2. Do your best to consume nutrient dense whole foods. They will keep you satisfied for longer periods of time. Processed foods are low in nutrient value and full of chemicals and additives.

3. Make your own pre-packaged goodies. Invest in some reusable containers, and prepare your meals and snacks in advance. Store them in the refrigerator or freezer and voila! Instant healthy grab and go snacks and meals with nothing artificial in sight.

4. Menu planning is great! Not only does it organize meal preparation, but it also decreases product waste and helps you make better choices. Plan what you will make for the week before you go grocery shopping.

5. Don’t forget about leftovers. They are great for a quick dinner the next night or even a quick lunch for you to eat at work.

6. Smoothie lovers can prep in advance too. Make your shakes the night before and store them in an air tight container.  This is a great way to get in many of your fruit and vegetable requirements for the day.

So many of us juggle busy lives; family, busy work schedule and trying to make time for ourselves, which can have us longing to be healthier. Poor nutrition or health, lack of exercise and sleep can leave us over exhausted, overwhelmed, overweight and essentially living very un-healthy lives, especially at this time of year with all the temptations and rushing around. By adopting some of these tips and even applying them year round, you might be able to avoid having to set those new year’s resolutions to shed those extra pounds!

Remember, each day is a new opportunity to make smart meal and snack decisions, giving you the opportunity to improve your life, health and overall feeling one bite at a time. This is your first step to the new you!

As always, we welcome your feedback. You can leave your comment right here on the site or join in the conversation on Facebook (don’t forget to ‘Like’ the page) and Twitter! If you haven’t already signed up to receive our weekly news delivered right to your inbox (including the blog, signup for our Coterie Program, staff bios and our recipe of the week), you will find the signup by clicking here.

Happy, healthy eating for this holiday season and the new year.


Planning Ahead for an Enjoyable Holiday Season

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Made to Order Holiday Party Platters and Fruit Baskets

Vince's Market Holiday Platters and Fruit Baskets Christmas is fast approaching and we are excited and ready for a busy and festive holiday season. We have received a number of your holiday favourites from festive fruitcakes and panettone to eggnog and apple cider. We have sourced some local traditional products like Stickling’s Bakery Stollen. Whatever food item it is you are looking for, try Vince’s Market! And, did you know Vince’s Market offers made to order party platters and fruit baskets?

For years, Vince’s has been helping families lesson their preparation load by creating custom party platters that suit their family’s tastes. Using only the very best ingredients picked fresh from our store, we have a talented group of staff that prepare and create exactly what you are looking for. Let us save you time and effort by selecting a Vince’s Market party platter for your holiday party.

Attending a family gathering or celebration? Our made to order fruit and gift baskets are always well received! Made with care and attention to detail, our fruit only baskets start at $30 and can be customized to the tastes of the recipient. Want to include something special? we would be happy to include an item for you – just coordinate with the team member taking your order. Over the years we have been able to custom-make baskets for a varieties of purposes – from corporate gifts to something just right for grandma and grandpa. We have a vast variety of products to ensure everyone gets a little bit of what they love!

Last but not least – be sure to enter the Vince’s Market 12 Days of Giveaways! For more detalls on the contest, please click here. Then, ‘Like’ our video on Facebook or enter via ballot in store. You can enter until the end of business on Sunday, November 30th. We will then be combining entries and drawing winners starting Monday December 1st! Daily winners will be announced at 8pm via Facebook! Good luck!

We look forward to seeing you in the stores. Send us your feedback too! You can leave your comment right here on the site or join in the conversation on Facebook (don’t forget to ‘Like’ the page) and Twitter! If you haven’t already signed up to receive our weekly news delivered right to your inbox (including the blog, signup for our Coterie Program, staff bios and our recipe of the week), you will find the signup by clicking here.

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays from Vince’s Market!


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