5 Healthy Foods to Add to Your Christmas Dinner
By Brandi Swieter
With Christmas around the corner, many people have begun thinking about what their holiday meals will look like. The typical feasts include lots of fattening foods that are delicious to eat yet difficult on the stomach. Incorporating some healthier dishes this season will help people stay on track with their nutrition goals and ensure some better alternatives to the normally high-calorie items on the menu. There are at least five healthy foods hosts should consider adding to their holiday dinner.
Veggies are always an easy addition to a meal, with both hot and cold options available. A cold plate of vegetables turned into a wreath makes an excellent choice for a healthy Christmas food. Fill the tray with green choices such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and green beans, and add in spurts of cauliflower and cherry tomatoes for the wreath’s decor.
Too many people choose mashed potatoes as their Christmas potato dish. These are full of salt and butter, making them an unhealthy choice. Scalloped potatoes are a healthier alternative and can be made with various recipes. Potatoes get sliced and roasted in the oven for an oven-fresh taste. Some herbs and a bit of cheese liven up the dish.
Ham and turkey are not the only possibilities for the main entree. Fish is an often forgotten food when it comes to holiday meals, yet it is one of the healthiest options available. With far more protein than many of the common meat choices, salmon is an ideal choice. A lemon-stuffed salmon is the ideal option for a holiday entree.
Many hosts forget the salad at Christmas dinner, instead focusing on the entree and all the trimmings that guests will be consuming. Salad is often served before dinner, allowing people to get semi-filled up on leafy greens and veggies rather than all the fattening food that is to come. By serving salad first, people are more likely to eat less of the main meal, skipping out on the added calories found in each dish.
Cranberry-Glazed Turkey Breast
If salmon or other fish choices aren’t ideal for the family, another healthy option is turkey breast. A cranberry glaze works wonders on this meat, giving it a holiday-taste. Cranberries also pack a lot of nutrients, making it an ideal choice for Christmas or any time.
Nutrition is important no matter the time of year. It’s best to add some healthy foods to Christmas dinner so the entire meal is not derived from fattening sources. Healthy foods can be delicious as well, so add some to the mix this holiday season for a full feast of choices ideal for everyone.
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