Updated: Dec 15, 2020
Hey BGCC Crew!
We finally made it to the end of 2020! What a blessing it's been to make it to December!!!
What's a better way to end the year than with some holiday cheer?
Check out 6 healthy holiday foods we love!
These tart berries are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients! Cranberries are a great source of vitamin C and vitamin E. Vitamin C can boost the immune system and vitamin E can help prevent or delay chronic conditions associated with free radicals. Dried cranberries are the perfect addition to your chopped salads, trail mixes, and oatmeals. Fresh cranberries are great for cranberry sauce or whole wheat muffins. Some benefits of cranberries include improving oral health, benefiting urinary health, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
I know what you're thinking... Brussels sprouts are GROSS! I used to say the same thing when I was younger, but now these are one of my favorite green veggies! Brussels sprouts are high in fiber and loaded with vitamin K. Brussels sprouts may reduce inflammation and regular blood pressure. For a tasty holiday side, pan-sear your brussels sprouts with bacon and season to your liking. If you're feeling a little fancy, prepare a balsamic vinegar reduction to drizzle on top!
Does anybody love sweet potatoes??? I sure do! Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods, especially during the holiday time! Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamin A, and beta-carotene. This superfood can help manage stress levels, reduce inflammation, and improve hair and skin. My favorite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes are roasted with cracked black pepper and cinnamon or baked into my grandma's famous sweet potato pie.
It's turkey time!!! Turkey is one very popular protein, especially during holiday season. Turkey is loaded with nutrients such as vitamin B6, niacin, and protein. Protein is important for muscle growth and B vitamins are needed for energy production. Popular ways to enjoy turkey include: oven-roasting with herbs, deep-frying, and adding leftovers to salads.
Yay! More green veggies! Green beans are another personal favorite. Green beans are a great source of folate, vitamin A, and vitamin K. Green beans promote fertility, help with depression, and improve bone health. During the holiday season, green beans can be enjoyed in a comforting casserole or prepared with almonds and cranberries for a festive twist.
Let's be honest, most people love apple pie. During the holiday season, a slice of warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is everything you need. Enough about the pie, let's talk apples! Apples contain many antioxidants and are high in fiber. Consuming apples may reduce your risk of stroke, lower cholesterol levels, and promotes heart health. A few ways to enjoy apples during the holiday season are: adding diced apples to your oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg or baking a delicious pie.
That's it for now! Please have a wonderful holiday season, eat delicious food, and stay safe!!!