Making Holiday Meals More Nutritious + Apple Crumble Recipe
3 Ways to Make Your Holiday Meals More Nutritious
The holidays are a time for celebration and usually food plays a huge role in holidays. Instead of being in a season of restrictive eating, try figuring out ways you can add more nutrients to your traditional holiday recipes.
Here are 3 ways to make your holiday meals more nutritious!
- Add More Veggies: Many of the classic dishes like sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, and green bean casserole already contain veggies. I encourage you to find more ways to add veggies to your traditional holiday meals – like adding kale to one of your soup recipes or adding broccoli to one of your famous casserole dishes. There are endless possibilities!
- Use Herbs and Spices for Flavor: Instead of grabbing the salt to flavor your foods, try experimenting with different herbs and spices until you get the perfect flavor in your dishes. Herbs and spices will enhance the taste and smell of your dishes unlike salt.
- Go for the Whole Grains: I’m sure plenty of your holiday recipes call for starchy foods like rice, pasta, crackers, etc. Add a boost of nutrition to those dishes by switching to whole grains like brown rice or quinoa, whole wheat pasta, and whole wheat crackers. This is a great way to add more fiber to your recipes! If you don’t feel comfortable making the full switch to whole grains, that’s okay! Try using whole grains for half the recipe and the regular starch ingredient for the rest.
Featured Food and Health Benefits: Apples
There are over 7,500 varieties of apples in the world! So it’s no surprise that apples are one of the top 3 fruits consumed worldwide.
Apples are very versatile and can be used in many different recipes like pies, jams, muffins, smoothies, and even pancakes (yes, we made apple pie pancakes on a camping trip one time and they were delicious!).
There are many health benefits of apples. Some benefits include…
- Providing the body with fiber for better digestive health and weight management
- Reducing the risk for heart disease
- Helping regulate blood sugar levels
- Preventing certain cancers
- And so much more!
All in all apples are a very nutrient-rich food and can provide many health benefits. Eating apples regularly can help lower the risk of many chronic diseases and help with better weight management.
Apples are a yummy and convenient food. So next time you are at the grocery store, stock up on a bag of apples so that you can enjoy them by themselves or paired with other nutritious foods!
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