Healthy Holidays

December’s theme is Healthy Holidays. While there are some tips and tricks to manage holiday stress and eat better, these tips can certainly be used year-round. See below for articles, recipes, and support from our wonderful community of holistic nutrition professionals.


  • 2020 Holistic Gift Guide – 2020 has been a tough year. Kim Brideson, R.H.N., has complied a 2020 Gift Guide that includes budget-friendly gifts that are healthy, sustainable, and ethically minded that can help lift spirits and bring holiday cheer. 
  • 7 Healthy Habits for the Holidays – While the holidays might look a little different this year, we can still take time to be mindful and take on healthy habits we can continue into the new year. Chiantelle Nicole Rey, R.H.N. shares 7 healthy habits for the holidays.
  • How to Stay Connected Through Disconnection – We might all be feeling a little isolated this holiday season. Kristina Virro, R.H.N. shares some insight and tips on how to stay and feel connected to your loved ones.

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  • Feel Better Immunity Tea – Make a big pot of this “feel better” tea this winter; it’ll make you want to curl up on the sofa with a good book and be all cozy. It can help support your immune system and digestive system. Extra tip: this can also be enjoyed cold in the summer months. Recipe from Sisley Killam, R.H.N.

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  • 5 Grounding Tips for a Strange Time – This year’s holidays have a different type of stress and anxiety. This article from Psychology Today has some advice on some activities that can help you feel calmer and more at peace. Why not give them a try?

Life-Changing Benefits

Health is the gift that keeps on giving. CSNN enlightens students with awareness of, and self-responsibility for, the Body-Mind-Spirit connection, in order for them to help themselves and guide others to achieve optimal health, wellbeing, happiness, and balance. 

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Dairy-free no-bake dessert perfect for the holiday season. Healthy fats to keep you full and help you absorb a bunch of vitamins and minerals. Recipe from Rejan Magee, C.H.N.C.

Crispy and golden on top and tender in the middle, this is a warming delicious stuffing recipe that will be the perfect side dish to your holiday meal. Recipe from Stephanie Kay, R.H.N.

Bethany Bierema, R.H.N. shares this beautiful cake that also happens to be gluten and dairy-free. This tender cake is naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and maple syrup and is sure to be a hit with your family this holiday season.

Here is a fun twist on a holiday recipe from Roslyn Kent, R.H.N. that also happens to be vegan. This sweet and tart cranberry salsa is bold and slightly spicy and pairs perfectly with tortilla chips and crackers.

Christina Anania, R.H.N. takes a favourite cookie and turns them into a healthy and delicious no-bake dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth. 

Think risotto is too rich and heavy? This creamy vegan lemon risotto will be a great side for your holiday dinner that won’t weigh you down. Add sweet & salty brussels sprouts and you’ve got a winner! Recipe from Roslyn Kent, R.H.N.

CSNN Grad, Ricki Heller, shares her favourite sugar-free holiday confections to “prove that you CAN have a delicious–even decadent–holiday season, and stay healthy, too.”

You’ll never guess the secret ingredient in these festive cookies. Laura Brining, R.H.N., shares her yummy recipe that is perfect for the holidays.

There are different approaches to a gut-healthy holiday meal, but for those interested in a paleo diet version of a Christmas dinner, CSNN Grad, Tracey Reed, shares her simple tips.

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Handmade gifts are thoughtful and sustainable. Why not give these crafts a try this holiday season? These little pocket heart charm ornaments are a sweet gift and smell lovely. Or get your littles ones involved and check out these handmade gifts they can help make here.

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Holidays look a little different and can be stressful in new ways this year. Consider integrating one or more of these activities into your self-care routine to enhance your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being. 

Books by CSNN Grads

Looking for some inspiring gifts for your friends and family this holiday season? Someone on your list loves cookbooks? We’ve got some new additions. Check out the amazing books written by CSNN graduates.