Twitter Party: Healthy Holidays & Festive Fun

Twitter Party: Healthy Holidays & Festive Fun

Mon 12 Dec 2011

Story by Carrol Pedersen & Leanna Young

With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the holidays than with our own virtual Christmas Twitter party… #FoodRevParty style! Christmas is a time to share and have fun with family and friends, and that’s just what we did. Tweeps from around the world joined in our virtual Christmas #FoodRevParty and offered some great ideas on how to make this holiday season a healthy holiday!

Twitter Party: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 @ 7pm PST/10pm EST

Theme: Virtual Christmas #FoodRevPARTY!

Recipe of the week:
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - Bake ‘em up, snap a photo of your delicious creation and post it to the Food Revolution Community Page for all to see. Rumour has it that these are Santa’s favourite cookie!

So many of us that join the weekly Food Revolution Twitter parties have become online friends, although have never met in person. Since ‘tis the season to get together with friends and family to celebrate the holiday season, this week’s Christmas #FoodRevParty was the perfect opportunity to share ideas for a healthy holiday amongst each other. There was lots of excited tweeting, and many first time Food Rev partiers notably joined in, too! There were so many great festive ideas that it was challenging to select just a few “best tweets”!

Party Questions and Some of the Best Tweets

Q1. Cheers to the holidays! *Clink* What’s your favourite festive beverage that you enjoy at this time of year?

@Eatingarainbow We love making Hot Apple Cider from our fresh apple juice! Yum!

@Sidetrackedmom I make homemade eggnog that is delicious!

Q2. What are some ideas of holiday foods to serve/share that are healthier?

@mstaresinic Use yogurt instead of cream as a filling or topping

@SeptemberAcres I cut sugar almost in half on most sweet baked goods. No problems yet but please don’t tell my husband!

Q3. What are some foodie gifts you like to give (or receive!) to friends and family?

@Outoftheboxfood This year’s homemade gifts: apricot jam, truffle roasted almonds, rosemary sea salt & tangerine vodka

@LZXpress With older relatives we offer to bring a meal to them; we use healthy recipes but the focus is on the visit!

Q4. While there are many people that are in need of food donations throughout the year, food plays an even more prominent part over the holidays. In what ways do you donate food at this time of year (i.e., via food hampers, soup kitchens, senior centres) and what types of food?

@Lanaprekprogram I try to donate healthy, substantial canned soups. (Why would I not want to eat junk myself, but relegate it to others?)

@WildwoodSpa We mostly donate warm staples: soup, pasta, sauce and proteins: peanut butter, tuna, beans

Q5. We’d love to hear your favourite holiday traditions, food related or not!

@Eatingarainbow We always make homemade cards for each other and write out our favourite things about each other

@HappyPlanetProj Family time, games, movies, relaxing, good food and thankfulness!

Thank you to all who joined us this week and helped make this a fun evening for everyone! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012!

Join The Next Food Revolution Twitter Party!

Tuesday, Dec 13th, 2011 at 4pm PST/7pm EST with guest host @Scatteredmom

About the authors/hostesses: Carrol and Leanna are owners/operators of Lunchalicious Food Service – a specialty student lunch service that delivers healthy and fun lunches to schools in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. These moms, who each have two young children, enjoy working with other like-minded people in their community to promote healthy eating and food sustainability by using local and/organic ingredients.

We are also featured on the Food Revolution School Lunch Photo Wall – check out our Flower Power and Reindeer lunches. Please share pictures of your school lunches for all to see by uploading them here.


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