It's the end of another year—we can't believe it either! With all the festivities in full swing, we're sure you're already digging into a variety of holiday meals. After all, it’s pretty easy to give in to temptation when facing those beautiful holiday spreads. Feasting on the rich, scrumptious holiday foods is tradition, and let's be honest… we deserve a little treat after this last year. But, while a treat may be in order this season, it's essential to prioritize your health and moderate what you indulge in.
When celebrating with family and friends, food is important, and your health and wellbeing even more so. To help you out, we've compiled a list of tips and tricks along with our favorite recipes so you can balance indulgence, tradition, and good health this year.
The next few weeks are likely to be a whirlwind, so it can be challenging to stay healthy. But whether you're attending a holiday party or hosting your own, it's not impossible! Here are some helpful tips:
Are you wondering whether there's a way to make your holiday meals just slightly healthier without sacrificing too much on the taste? Try some of our favorite hacks:
Scouring the web for some last-minute dishes to make next week? We've got a few go-to favorites that we're adding to our tables over the holidays. Try them as is, or put your own unique spin on them for a personalized holiday meal this season:
If sides are your favorite part of the holiday meal, you will love this recipe from Brit+Co. Add these ingredients to your list, and visit their blog for directions to the delicious, festive side dish:
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We love that this dish is aesthetically pleasing while adding a vegetable and protein to your table. Follow the directions here.
Can't stand the idea of a cauliflower mash on your holiday table? Don't worry, there are other alternatives! This recipe from Cookie & Kate is the perfect substitution for creamed potatoes or mashed potatoes this year.
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You may be used to adding sugar and marshmallows to your sweet potatoes, but this recipe is truly delicious! Follow the directions here.
We love this simple, colorful, and healthy dish from The Cooked Carrot. It may seem like more of an autumn recipe, but we're carrying it into the holidays; that's how much we love it! It's a healthy side, and it's also a pretty addition to your table!
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You could try store-bought pesto if you're in a hurry, but this recipe makes a delicious one. Besides, it's fun to try new recipes if you have the time. Follow the directions here.
Don't turn your nose up at this one from Every Last Bite because it has cauliflower in the title—it really is delicious. You can make it vegetarian if you're not a meat-eater, or add a different type of meat depending on your preferences.
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This is one of our favorites. Stuffing is usually one of the highest calorie and carbohydrate content dishes. This version is not only healthier, but it's also delicious. Follow the directions here.
Want to learn more about the foods you eat and how they affect your body? Try using a CGM by subscribing to one of the NutriSense programs. The CGM sensors are easy to apply and help track your blood glucose levels with an innovative app. There's also a team of registered dietitians that connect with you via the app to help you interpret the data that your CGM collects. You can also sign up for the Nutrition Coaching Program that will help you focus on refining habits and understanding more about your body's responses to food and lifestyle habits.
In the meantime, here's to a cheery, healthy holiday season!
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