Holiday season is already upon us and preparing what food to eat is something that needs thorough planning. Although some of the usual holiday foods are beneficial to your diet plan, you still need to make sure that only the healthy foods are served on your plate.
Many traditional holiday foods are friendly on your healthy-eating plan.Tweet Me!
In fact, many of these provide abundant health benefits. Read on to know what foods are on the list.
These are one of the most nutrient-rich foods. They are also a healthier alternative to your rice. In most Southeast Asian countries, sweet potatoes are considered one of their staple foods. A 4-ounce or one sweet potato baked with skin has already four times of your daily need of vitamin A and half the recommendation of vitamin C. They are also a notable source of vitamin E. Sweet potatoes are often mashed or baked and a good side dish for your steak or roasted turkey.
Nuts are essential ingredients in Holiday desserts, dishes and appetizers. A study reported that people who eats three or more servings of nuts per week had reduced risk of obesity and overweight, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes compared to those people who only ate less than servings of nuts per week. Experts even suggest that eating nuts may help protect against certain types of cancer. They are also rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Experts recommend to eat nuts at least 4 ounces every week for optimal heart health benefits.
Pumpkins are not only used during Halloween. A type of winter squash, the pumpkin has powerful carotenoids. The latter are plant pigments that help ward off some chronic conditions such as age-related vision loss and heart disease. This super food is also rich in iron and potassium and vitamin A, which is good for your skin this winter. A cup of cooked pumpkin has only 49 calories. Enjoy this as a dessert or a pumpkin purée for your pasta.
Spices are not only for adding fragrant scent on your dish but also have beneficial effects on the health. A recent study shows that a mild consumption of sweet cinnamon helps improve cardiovascular health for people with type 2 diabetes. Embrace the flavors of the holiday season and try to consider adding cinnamon sticks to your apple cider. A ground cinnamon also makes a yummy oatmeal topping.
Whether it’s a canned cranberry, cranberry relish or sauce, the antioxidant-riched berry is a good complement to your favorite holiday dishes. A cup of raw cranberries gives a whopping five grams of fiber, twenty four percent of daily vitamin C requirements and twenty percent of daily manganese. It has also high levels anthocyanins, a certain type of antioxidant believed to protect against heart diseases and cancer. The cranberries’ anthocyanins are also known to help with the urinary tract health.
Do you know other holiday foods that are healthy? What healthy recipes are you going to prepare? Let us know and leave a comment below.