10 Healthy holiday foods to serve this time of year
The holidays are filled with seasonal food that packs a nutritious punch. Make these 10 holiday super foods part of your menu and your guests will be begging for more.
1. Sweet potatoes
High in vitamins A and C, beta carotene and a good source of potassium and fiber, sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse. They also have a sweet taste and rich color that sets them apart from other potatoes.
When you serve cranberries you're not just providing a tasty holiday treat, you're serving an antioxidant heavyweight. In fact, cranberries provide one of the highest amounts of antioxidants in the fruit and vegetable families. They're also a good source of vitamin C and fiber.
Try making fresh cranberry sauce, cranberry chutney or fresh blueberry and cranberry relish >>
This orange beauty is good for more than just being carved up for Halloween. Rich in vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C, pumpkin makes a great addition to pies, baked goods and even as cute little appetizers (you gotta see this!).
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4. Pumpkin seeds
Don't forget to save the seeds from your pumpkin for roasting to make a tasty appetizer or nutritious snack. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of minerals including manganese, magnesium, copper and zinc and they provide plenty of protein.
5. Butternut squash
One of my personal all-time favorite winter squashes is butternut squash. This beautiful orange vegetable sports high levels of vitamins A and C and also is a good source of potassium, magnesium and fiber. But the best part is its irresistible sweet taste.
Get creative with these butternut squash recipes >>
Looking for a fun fall activity with your family? Go apple picking and come home and make apple pie, applesauce or just enjoy the apples for a snack or with some peanut butter. You'll be getting a filling and tasty good dose of soluble fiber.
Typically the main dish for many holiday dinners, turkey is not only low in fat and saturated fat (absent the gravy, of course), it's rich in niacin, selenium, vitamin B6 and protein and is a good source of zinc. Don't forget to make sandwiches with the leftovers.
Discover other unique ways to use your turkey leftovers >>
High in manganese and antioxidants and a good source of copper, thiamin and fiber, pecans go above and beyond the call of duty both in nutrition and taste. Try pecans in pies, as an appetizer or caramelized and tossed in a green salad.
High in vitamins C and K and a good source of potassium, folate and copper, pomegranates deliver not just good nutrition but big taste (and versatility). They're also a rich source of antioxidants including tannins and anthocyanins.
Try pomegranates on cheesecake, in a cocktail or au naturel >>
10. Brussels sprouts
It's the season for Brussels sprouts so why not choose it as a holiday side dish? They're high in vitamin C and a good source of fiber and folate, not to mention antioxidants. Try them roasted, sautéed or in a soufflé.