5 Healthy Foods to Eat During the Holidays

5 holiday foods that are both tasty and healthy

It's understandable if the approaching holiday season has left you feeling despondent; after all, you'll have to face an onslaught of mouth-watering treats at every family gathering. There is, however, no reason for you to overeat or to eat foods that provide little in the way of nutrition.

The goal here is to determine which of the several dishes available is the most mouth-watering. Here are five traditional holiday foods that are also good for you and should be included in your holiday feasts.

Apples for their crisp texture and wealth of nutrients

Always choose the dish with the highest concentration of fruits and vegetables if you're concerned about your health. Apples are a ubiquitous fruit that is used in a variety of sweet holiday desserts and also added to salads for a pleasing crunch. The first choice isn't ideal, but the second is great.

Pumpkin Isn't Just for Baking Anymore

You undoubtedly serve more than simply pumpkin pie when you host a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner at your home. Roasted pumpkin chunks, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin seeds (which may be used in salads or as a crust for other veggies or meats) are just a few of the many delicious ways to enjoy this versatile squash. Healthy options like roasted pumpkin seeds, quinoa, and kale salad, and pumpkin pies can be offered as part of a holiday meal.

The amount of calories in cooked pumpkin is quite low, but there is a good amount of protein and fiber in that one cup. In addition to vitamins A, C, and E, riboflavin, potassium, copper, and manganese can all be found in pumpkin.

Antioxidants Can Be Obtained From Eating Whole Cranberries

Now is the time to stock up on fresh cranberries from the produce area of your local supermarket. Get the most out of them by stocking up on enough to use in a dish you wish to serve throughout the Christmas season and some extra packets to store in your freezer.

Replace Yams with Sweet Potatoes in Your Cooking

Sweet potatoes are another healthy dish that will likely be included on your holiday table. Choose the roasted kind of this nutritious tuber or even a salad that mixes this healthy tuber with greens and nuts instead of the sugar-coated casserole topped with marshmallows.

There's both white and dark turkey meat

Without the turkey, a Thanksgiving feast wouldn't be complete. There's a good reason why turkey is the go-to choice when deciding between ham and turkey for the holiday feast. It's superior in terms of fat and calories, and it can be used in various ways as a leftover, so it's a very versatile option. There are 125 calories in turkey white meat and 147 calories in turkey dark meat without the skin. There isn't enough of a difference here to discourage you from enjoying either option, so pick your poison. Remember that the nutritional density of dark meat is greater.

Have a wonderful time with your loved ones and enjoy your delicious holiday dinners

The magic of the holidays is fleeting, so don't let it go to waste. Instead of gorging on everything on the table, try to exercise restraint and pick the foods that are the healthiest options. You'll feel much better after the New Year's Eve ball has dropped, and all you've got to remember from the holidays are the parties, feasts, and celebrations.

19 December 2022
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