New Traditions with Healthy Holiday Foods

Family get-togethers are the best! There are always the traditional meal items like turkey and dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and corn casserole. But what about healthy options for those who are trying not to overdo it during the holidays? I’m not saying it’s not okay to eat these traditional items, you just may not need all of them. I’m a fan of having a little bit of these items, but I do like having more of the healthier veggies and side dishes.

Recipes to include in your new traditions

Broccoli Salad

I love broccoli salad and this salad is loaded with fiber and deliciousness! By adding the sunflower seeds and greek yogurt, you will get more protein and healthy fats! The dried cranberries add sweetness and beautiful color for the holiday season! Sometimes, I will add a little bit of shredded cheese to give it even more pop of flavor! To get the recipe, click here.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a major tradition in our family. It’s usually the type that comes in the can. However, I found a great way to keep the tradition alive without the added high fructose corn syrup. Check out this good-for-you cranberry sauce with just a few simple ingredients!

Graham Cracker Toffee Squares

I love anything with toffee! Check out this recipe from another dietitian using dark chocolate and toffee pieces! And what a great way to decorate them for Christmas! You could make these for other holidays and just use a different candy for the topping.

As most would say, “how can candy be healthy?”, this is a great way to make those sweets just a little bit healthier. The dark chocolate adds fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese as well as potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium. Making this sweet treat an excellent source of nutrition! Even though it’s made with dark chocolate, moderation is still recommended.

Spiced Pecans

One of my favorite all-time holiday snacks includes spiced pecans! Sure, you can get these already made, but then you really don’t know what they are adding to these healthy nuts! With anything, moderation is best so be aware of the serving size. One-fourth cup is more than enough for one person. You can add in seasonings of choice, I like cinnamon and nutmeg, but you could absolutely add some cayenne to add a kick to them!

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