Adding Super Foods to Your Holiday Menu

Holiday Meal with Turkey

As the holidays approach, you may be worried about gaining weight or sabotaging your current weight loss efforts. All the rich, calorie-laden holiday foods can be tempting, but with some planning and innovation, you can plan healthy holiday meals that won’t add on the pounds. Make your holiday healthier by adding some superfoods to the holiday menu.

Don’t Forget the Turkey

Turkey is a popular holiday favorite, and it’s an incredible protein source and offers great vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, vitamin B, folic acid, zinc, and more. Stick with white meat and avoid slathering the turkey in gravy and you have a super food that will satisfy your holiday cravings.

Sweet Potatoes

You’re probably already familiar with the health benefits of sweet potatoes, and they may already be a part of your holiday menu. The key is not to douse them in sugar, marshmallows, or butter. Avoid the high-calorie toppings and you’ll get a great burst of potassium, vitamin A, and fiber.

Collard Greens

Collard greens offer plenty of antioxidants and vitamins, just avoid sabotaging them with greasy fat sources. If you want to flavor them a bit sauté them in olive oil to keep them healthy. Other dark, leafy greens make great additions to your holiday menu as well. 

Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Both of these spices have some great antioxidant benefits, and they can help maintain insulin levels and lower cholesterol. Use them for more than an eggnog garnish or a topping for fruit. Mix them into veggie side dishes too for a pop of flavor. 

Other Great Super Foods

Of course, many different super foods can be added to your holiday menu to prevent diseases and boost your immune system. Other excellent examples include:

  • Asparagus
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Cantaloupe
  • Salmon
  • Blueberries
  • Black beans
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Pine nuts
  • Grapefruit
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocado

There’s no need to wait for New Year’s to begin eating healthy. Add these super foods to your menu during the holidays, and if you need some inspiration, head to our recipe section at the Metabolic Research Center for some great recipe ideas.


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