During the holidays, it is so easy to overeat. It is okay to indulge at times but overall, try to stick to healthy eating through the holidays. Here are some foods (and beverages) that are holiday themed without being too heavy.
- Holiday flavored teasHoliday teas are great because they give you the holiday flavors that you love such as gingerbread, candy cane or pumpkin spice without any calories. If you want to drink some before bed, stick to the decaf versions so that the caffeine doesn’t keep you up.
- Pumpkin piePumpkin pie is not healthy per se but compared to other desserts, it is often a better option. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, folate, potassium, magnesium and more. Just stick to one slice.
- Cranberry sauceUnless it is chocked full of sugar, cranberry sauce made with real cranberries can be a great option. Cranberries are rich in vitamin C, manganese and fiber. Skip the jellied version as that is mostly sugar and has almost zero fiber.
- Deviled eggsDeviled eggs made with light mayo (or hummus or Greek yogurt) are decent appetizer options since they are high in protein and eggs contain many beneficial nutrients.
- Vegetables and hummusMost holiday parties have a veggie tray which is your best bet when it comes to appetizers at a party. Hummus is rich in fiber, protein and iron. You can even make your own hummus with low-sodium beans, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.
- Roasted almonds
Around the holidays, companies sell lots of holiday themed nuts. Nuts are a good source of fiber, protein, vitamin E, riboflavin, manganese and phosphorus. Stick to a small handful as the calories can add up quickly.
- Roasted vegetables
If you have to bring a dish to a party, consider bringing a vegetable dish to ensure that there is something healthy there that you feel good about eating. Toss seasonal vegetables such as sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash and more in olive oil and garlic powder and roast until cooked for a nutritious side dish.