What to Contribute to a Healthy, Holiday Meal

Posted by Kyra Constam on November 30, 2017 at 11:25 AM

This week we’re featuring four healthy, holiday-appropriate dishes that you can easily make yourself. Think seasonal produce (a.k.a. easy to find) and minimal effort–with the added bonus that they’re good for you. As we mentioned in our last post, the holidays do not have to be a source of stress if you know how to approach them. The traditional, unhealthy foods can still be enjoyed in moderation while being supplemented with healthy sides. Contributing to your holiday meal is not only a nice gesture, it’s a way to ensure you know exactly what you’re eating. Bringing something healthy is good for everyone!


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Mixed fall vegetables
Mashed potatoes are a staple comfort food year-round but are especially prevalent during the holidays. While mashed potatoes are undoubtedly delicious, they are also undoubtedly high in carbs and often fat. Those with diabetes or anyone watching their carb and sugar intake can’t enjoy the dish freely. However, there is a solution. Mashed cauliflower very similarly mimics the texture of whipped mashed potatoes but contains significantly less carbs. You can use vegan cream cheese and butter if you’d like to eliminate the dairy from this recipe. Also, you can avoid the drying step of the recipe by steaming rather than boiling. With this recipe, you can have delicious mashed fauxtatoes in less than 30 minutes.


Cauliflower mash
Mashed potatoes are a staple comfort food year-round but are especially prevalent during the holidays. While mashed potatoes are undoubtedly delicious, they are also undoubtedly high in carbs and often fat. Those with diabetes or anyone watching their carb and sugar intake can’t enjoy the dish freely. However, there is a solution. Mashed cauliflower very similarly mimics the texture of whipped mashed potatoes but contains significantly less carbs. You can use vegan cream cheese and butter if you’d like to eliminate the dairy from this recipe. Also, you can avoid the drying step of the recipe by steaming rather than boiling. With this recipe, you can have delicious mashed fauxtatoes in less than 30 minutes.


Garlic green beans
Green beans, Brussels sprouts, broccoli: all foods that you may have despised as a child, and possibly still despise. Lucky for you, all vegetables taste amazing when doused with garlic and olive oil. With just a few steps, you can have a perfectly healthy veggie side dish that everyone can enjoy. While the recipe calls for butter, you can easily split the amount half and half with olive oil, or use all olive oil. The flavor will still be rich but will be a bit healthier. As the post states: “These are a great alternative to the heavy green bean casserole.”


Pumpkin hummus
Hummus is currently having a moment. It’s not hard to find at any grocery store anymore, and there seem to be many more flavors than there were a few years ago. The nutritious dip is surprisingly easy to make. With so few ingredients, it lends itself to being customized with other flavors. Enter pumpkin hummus. Don’t think about pumpkin pie: combined with this recipe’s garlic and spices, the flavor will be perfectly savory. This dish can act as an easy, healthy appetizer or you can enjoy it as a filling snack.


Holiday cooking and baking can be a nightmare for those trying to keep to a healthy lifestyle. Indulge in moderation but also be aware of healthy dishes you can easily make while still being festive. There are numerous recipes out there that are perfectly healthy and as delicious as unhealthy alternatives. These four were chosen for their limited ingredients and ease of completion. If you try them out, let us know!

 

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Topics: Nutrition, tips, Holidays, Seasonal