Are you new to eating whole foods? Consider making some healthy swaps for your next holiday meals. Here are some whole food healthy swap suggestions:
Traditional Holiday Fare: White Bread Stuffing or White Rice
Healthy Swap Ideas: Quinoa or Sprouted Grains
Stuffing gets an easy, healthier upgrade when made with quinoa or sprouted grains like brown or wild rice. Quinoa is a protein- and fiber-rich pseudograin, so it’s also a great choice for any vegetarian guests.
Traditional Holiday Fare: Candied Sweet Potatoes & Marshmallows
Healthy Swap Idea: Baked Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Oil & Cinnamon
If you’ve ever baked, steamed or roasted a sweet potato, you know this healthy root veg is plenty sweet without marshmallows and added sugar. Try dressing your sweet potato side dish with coconut oil and cinnamon. Coconut oil provides beneficial fats that your body can more easily metabolize, which means you’ll less likely feel like you need a post-meal nap. Cinnamon is a superfood in its own right: It’s loaded with antioxidants and helps balance blood sugar levels. Simply bake sweet potatoes and swipe with coconut oil and a dash of cinnamon before serving. You do know you can reuse cinnamon sticks, right?
Traditional Holiday Fare: Canned Cranberry Sauce
Healthy Swap: Natural Cranberries, Chutney, Jams, Spreads
Canned cranberry sauce is not only nutritionally void, it also comes in a BPA lined canned. Yuck. Chutney, jams, spreads … canned cranberry has a lot of competition and the other options tend to be lower in sugar and sodium. Not to mention real cranberries are loaded with vitamin C, manganese and fiber. If your friends and family are open to the exotic, try this chipotle cranberry orange relish. For a more traditional cranberry, go with this cranberry sauce with port.
Traditional Holiday Fare: White & Refined Baking Flours
Healthy Swap: Whole Wheat, Gluten Free & Sprouted Flours
Going from white flours to gluten-free, sprouted or wh
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