No Feast Should Be Without These 6 Guilt-Free Foods
In the USA, Thanksgiving is just days away and the Christmas holidays are approaching rapidly. That means it’s high time to start considering what you are going to serve, right? If you think a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner has to be unhealthy, think again. There are lots of colorful foods that not only taste great, but also provide the body with valuable nutrients. That way you can enjoy your holiday meal in the company of your family and friends without feeling guilty.
1. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are packed with flavor and nutrients. They are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium and fiber. And the best thing about this alternative to the regular potato is that they are versatile, nutty and sweet. As mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potato salad or together with pumpkin as a tart – doesn’t matter, they always taste great.
As the saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The amount of polyphenols, vitamin C and fiber is a good reason for regularly adding this crispy fruit to your menu. A small apple (150 grams) has about only 80 calories, which shouldn’t weigh too heavily on your conscience. Baked cinnamon apples filled with chestnut, dark chocolate and nuts are a perfect dessert for holiday meals. Apples also taste great together with sweet potatoes.
Did you know that walnuts can help you lose weight? Studies have shown that the risk of overweight and obesity decreases when you eat just a handful per day. The high amount of omega-3 fatty acids, vegetable protein and fiber keeps you feeling full longer. The nuts taste particularly delicious in the filling of baked apples or as a small snack between meals when you get really hungry before dinner.
No traditional Thanksgiving meal is complete without cranberries. Most often they are served in the form of a homemade sauce. The berries also taste great in chutneys, cakes and cookies. Especially during the cold time of the year, cranberries play an important role, because they are antibacterial and can thus prevent urinary tract infections. Rich in antioxidants, they are also considered to be a “superfood.”
Looking for a good way to incorporate this orange-colored power food in your holiday menu? Try making carrot soup, or serve rosemary-roasted carrots as a side dish. Carrots get their color from beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A. This makes them not only good for your eyesight, but they also boost your immune system – due to the many antioxidants and fiber they contain.
6. Green beans
Green beans add a touch of color to your menu. They are rich in folic acid, iron and B vitamins, as well as low in calories. 100 grams of boiled green beans contains only 30 calories. Mixed with steamed carrots, they make for an interesting color combination, but they can also be served as a side dish.
What are you planning to serve over the holidays? We are always looking for new ideas and we wish you great success with your holiday meal!