Healthy and holidays are two words that don’t often go together. Delicious holiday staples are often laden with butter, oils, sugar and salt. But with our six healthy holiday tips, your family can enjoy healthier holiday dishes full of flavor (and nutrition).
- Serve fruit and veggie appetizers. Veggie trays with cucumbers and sweet bell pepper strips are always an easy treat, or try something new with a batch of crunchy and creamy Cucumber-Avocado Rolls. Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle from Iowa Girl Eats are another sure hit for family and friends.
- Replace unhealthy fats with healthy fats. Try replacing trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils) and butter with olive oil and other vegetable oils, like that used in Roasted Fennel with Charred Tomatoes.
- Pile on the veggies – first! By putting fruit and veggies on your plate first, you leave less room for refined carbs and high calorie sides when it comes time for the main meal. Check out the tasty, Christmas-worthy sides on our Christmas & New Year’s pinboard, like Basil Roasted Eggplant.
- Use fresh herbs for flavor. It’ll help you nix the salt in dishes. Another alternative? Citrus flavors, like lemon and orange. Try Avocado Pesto-Stuffed Tomatoes made with basil or 7-Layer Mediterranean Dip made with fresh dill.
- Bake, sauté, or slow cook. These methods reduce the fats needed to cook a dish, like in Polenta Bruschetta with Shrimp and Spinach Pesto and Eggplant Spinach Meatballs.
- Enjoy your sweets. Serve desserts with fresh fruits and for bonus points add berries, like The Best Baked Apples or No Bake Chocolate Cake.
Whatever you decide to make this holiday season, happy eating and Happy Holidays!