Something Green for Your Holiday Meals


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Holiday meals often include a host of unhealthy dishes, but you can change things up by incorporating some healthy dishes to your holiday meals. If you want to enjoy some delicious side dishes that pack a powerful nutritional punch, consider adding something green to the table during the holidays. Mustard, turnip, and collard greens are all green veggies that may help prevent cancer while offering many other great health benefits.

Mustard Greens

Add mustard greens to your holiday meals this year and you’ll have a great source of vitamin K. Not only is this vitamin essential for bone health, it’s important for blood clotting as well. Other vitamins found in mustard greens include vitamin E and vitamin C, both of which are antioxidants that help eliminate free radicals. The peppery taste of mustard greens makes them a great addition to sautés or salads as you plan your holiday meals.

Turnip Greens

If you want a tender, small green, try turnip greens. You’ll get plenty of calcium from these greens, which supports tooth health and helps prevent osteoporosis. Turnip greens are also an excellent source of potassium, which improves endurance and enhances your overall muscle strength. Sauté these greens or steam them with some lemon, olive oil, and garlic for a tasty side dish or add to a soup for your holiday meal.

Collard Greens

Collard greens are a bit bitter, but they are packed with antioxidants, including vitamin C and vitamin A, which can help prevent cell damage and cancer. Add these greens to your holiday meal by adding them turkey sausage, stir frying them with other veggies, or use them instead of lettuce as a base for your favorite holiday green salad. If you want a spicy dish on the side, combine onions, red pepper flakes, collard greens, and chicken broth for a delightful side that will look and taste delicious when you serve up your holiday meal.

If you’re looking for these greens for your holiday meals, head to a local farmer’s market for a fresh pick. You can also find chopped and pre-washed bags of these mixes at many grocery stores. It’s even possible to find frozen options if you can’t find them fresh.

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