Pick Super Foods for the Holidays


It's that wonderful time of the year when families are planning dinners that include multiple side dishes with foods that we don't eat daily. Sweet potatoes are sweet enough without mashing them with brown sugar and topping them off with marshmallows; green beans taste great sans a covering of processed soup, friend onion slices and cheese. Sure, you can eat them in moderation; but that's easier said than done. This year why not create some new traditional dishes with super foods to replace the ones that your body's better off without?

Super Foods for Holidays

You can start your day off with a green smoothie, packed with spinach and kale to get some super foods but it would be more appealing to those less health-conscious family members if you incorporate other super foods as part of the meal. Here are some ideas:

Baked Salmon - Skip the factory farmed or processed meat and opt for some fresh or frozen salmon packed with heart-healthy fats. Fresh salmon is quickly becoming a popular choice for a holiday protein.

Fresh Fruit Salad - Get a vitamin boost by tossing together low-sugar fruits like fresh blueberries, strawberries, oranges and grapefruit sections. Add a pinch of fresh coconut and you have a low-calorie ambrosia treat for a healthy dessert.

Homemade Guacamole and Crudités - Filled with satiating fats, avocados are a super food. Mash one with some Greek yogurt, lime juice, fresh cilantro and salt and serve with fresh veggie sticks for a filling appetizer.

Rolls and Soup - Create some whole grain artisan bread or rolls and serve with a soup packed with lentils, carrots, butternut squash, onions, garlic, tomatoes and bell peppers. A hearty meal for the holiday season.

Eggplant Parmesan MRC-Style - Our Grand Prize winner in the MRC Chef Sensation: Recipe Contest is this mouth-watering classic Italian comfort food that's perfect for any Holiday table.

Pumpkin Cheesecake - Everyone wants decadent choices for their Holiday desserts and MRC delivers the perfect recipe for guilt-free indulgence. Check out our video under Recipes for this weight-loss friendly treat.

MRC Eggnog - What other drink could be more traditional for the holidays than Eggnog. But, traditional eggnog recipes have around 350 calories per 8 oz. serving. MRC has a delicious recipe for this holiday treat without the weight gain.

With a little creativity and a sincere desire to try something new, you can have a holiday meal that meets your nutritional goals. Imagine waking up the next day without that bloated, tired "morning after" feeling. Skipping on the processed, packaged and nutrient deficient foods that are typically synonymous with the holidays will help you continue making progress towards your health goals. For more holiday meal tips or to learn more about how you can achieve better health without starving yourself and counting calories, visit our recipes section for more delicious holiday super foods!

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