Healthy Holiday Foods That Are Great For You
All the yummy things you CAN eat!
With so many blogs telling you what you shouldn’t eat, I thought we’d do the opposite and share with you all of the yummy healthy holiday food swaps that taste great and will keep you nourished and in optimal health. These healthy holiday favorite foods are waist-line friendly, healthy and nutritious. Obviously, it doesn't mean pigging out on them the entire festive season! Overeating and consuming more than we need will always lead to weight gain.
There are no foods that I'm suggesting you avoid, just some that I recommend more than others! The festive season is to be enjoyed, but everything in moderation.
The Holiday Season ‘Nice’ List of Foods
Skinless, white meat is a great source of lean protein, which form the building blocks for the body. Think great skin, hair, nails, bones, muscles, blood, etc.
Plus it contains tryptophan which synthesizes into serotonin, which has a role in learning and memory. It also regulates appetite and uplifts your mood for a merrier Christmas ;)
Choose the white meat for the leanest protein choice. Avoid deep frying the bird!
2. NON-STARCHY VEGETABLES
Sorry! I’m not talking about the creamy, cheesy or marshmallow and sugar covered versions, but steamed, boiled, raw or roasted.
Non-starchy vegetables usually mean it’s the flowering part and not a root e.g. lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, tomatoes, etc.
These low-calorie foods are packed full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and nutrients for a healthier you and boosted immune system, perfect for flu season.
Get dipping on healthy vegetable and bean based dips.
3. FRESH VEGETABLE OR BEAN BASED DIPS
Dip away in freshly made salsas, hummus and guacamole. bonus health points for using raw vegetables to dip with instead of chips all of the time.
Bonus health points for using raw vegetables to dip with instead of chips all of the time.
Vegetables and beans are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber and guacamole also contains protein and healthy fats.
Just remember that even though 1/3 of a medium avocado (50 g) has 80 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds making it a good nutrient choice it’s important not to think of avocado as a fruit or vegetable but as a fat and monitor your intake as such. We need fat in our diet, just not too much of it.
NY magazine has a great article on:
Plus dips make great party food that doesn't need cooking or heating!
4. CHAI TEA LATTES
Ok, so this is technically a drink but I couldn't skip it.
Make your own, rather than the coffee shop version made from syrup, and gain a ton of health benefits. Don’t worry, it only takes a few minutes to make plus it saves money!
The all natural version is sugar-free and uses spices that are so good for you with their thermogenic, immune-boosting, anti-bacterial, digestion-aiding (much needed during days of indulging) and pain reducing properties.
Skinny Chai Tea Lattes bring all the festivity of the season minus the guilt!
There’s a whole new wave of fit frozen desserts with all of the flavor minus the guilt. Some are even lactose-free for those of us that lactose doesn’t agree with!
Enjoy these healthy holiday substitutions! Wishing you all a very merry holiday season.
If you missed last weeks article on Healthier Holiday Cocktails go ahead and give it a read and get crafting.
Healthy Holiday Foods That Are Great For You.
Fitness by Eve xo