Serving up some healthy holiday recipes

December 14, 2022

Eat, drink and be merry with these amazing healthy, easy, and kid-friendly holiday recipes that will WOW your family and friends from Common Threads Holiday Cookbook.

Common Threads is a grantee of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Healthy Eating Initiative. They provide interactive cooking and nutritional education for students grades kindergarten through eighth- grade and adults in schools and community organization in El Paso County. Recently, Common Threads offered their Cooking Skills and World Cuisine cooking classes at Sunrise Mountain Elementary School’s afterschool program. Students enjoyed making affordable and nutritious food and learning about cultures from around the world. “It was exciting to see the students motivated to learn about healthy food choices,” said Jana Renner, Senior Program Officer for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. “Cooking is a great way to get kids invested in trying new foods.”

Common Threads is a national nonprofit that provides children and families cooking and nutrition education to encourage healthy habits that contribute to wellness. They serve under-resourced communities with information to make affordable, nutritious, and appealing food choices wherever they live, work, learn, and play.

To learn more about Common Threads or the Health Foundation’s Healthy Living Initiative, visit or contact Jana Renner at

PDNHF Priority Area: Healthy Living

To support efforts that promote positive behaviors to prevent disease including healthy eating, physical activity, smoking/vaping prevention, and positive opportunities for youth.

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PDNHF Initiative: Healthy Eating

A high-quality diet with appropriate daily caloric intake provides essential nutrients, helps people maintain a healthy weight, and decreases their risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cancer. Evidence associates healthy eating with better health outcomes; however, many people do not consume the daily recommended levels of nutritious foods, such as fruits and vegetables, that make up a healthy diet. The Health Foundation’s focus in the Healthy Eating initiative is educational programs, such as nutrition and cooking classes, that influence behavior in selecting, preparing, cooking, and eating healthy foods and policy and promotion activities that encourage healthy eating.

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