Eating healthfully, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to chow down on salads all day long. There are plenty of healthy, hearty and tasty dishes that have positive effects on overall health. Try some of these delicious and nutritious holiday recipes!
Apple Leek Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
Many cuts of pork are as lean as chicken. Cuts from the loin, such as pork chops and pork roast are leaner than skinless chicken thigh, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture. Also, this recipe includes apples and leeks, so you get a dose of vegetables and fruits packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Brussel Sprouts with Chestnuts
Brussel sprouts have anti-cancer properties because they include the chemical sulforaphane. They also have low fat and sodium content. Though some people are not huge fans of this vegetable, this recipe gives some serious seasoning to your sprouts to kick up the flavor. The added chestnuts give the dish a nice holiday charm. If you have the means, roast your own chestnuts, but bottled chestnuts will save you time if you’re in a rush.
Glazed Ham with Blackberry Sauce
Ham is a staple piece in most people’s holiday courses. This tasty main course has one-tenth the sodium of a traditional cured ham. Decreased sodium in a diet helps prevent hypertension.
Mock Garlic Mashed Potatoes (with Cauliflower)
Cauliflower is very low in calories and is a nutrient dense food. It is comprised of several healthy vitamins and minerals and is low in fat. Cauliflower has anti-inflammation properties because it contains high amounts of vitamin K, omega-3 fatty acids and isothiocyanates (source: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/cauliflower-health-boost). By decreasing chronic inflammation, cauliflower is able to keep excellent blood flow to essential organs of the body and possibly decrease the risk of chronic disease.
Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet potato is considered a super food. It is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a nutrient that helps keep eyes, teeth and skin healthy. In addition, 1-cup serving of sweet potato supplies 6.6 grams of fiber, which helps prevent heart disease and diabetes, and provides potassium, which helps keep muscles in shape. Vitamin C and iron are abundant in sweet potatoes, contributing to a strong immune system, which is important during the holiday months (it always seems colds run wild during this time of year).