Healthy Holiday Dishes

 

Healthy holiday dishes can be the perfect addition to your family’s dinner table. Inspired from old time favorites, these recipes from USDA , substitute unhealthy items to create healthier dishes that result in less calories, fat, and sugar. Take a look below at a few healthy holiday dishes your guests will love!

Maple Sweet Potatoes

Makes 2 servings.

  Ingredients

2 sweet potatoes (large)
2 tablespoons yogurt, non-fat
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/16 cup orange juice (1 Tablespoon)

Picture courtesy of: USDA

Sweet potatoes are a classic holiday side dish that are filled with health benefits. This bright orange vegetable is a good source of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, which can improve your immune system and prevent heart disease (NIH.gov). A tablespoon of maple syrup and orange juice is added to sweeten the potatoes and add extra flavor. If you find yourself short on time this recipe can also be made in the microwave.

Maple Sweet Potato Recipe

Waldorf salad

Makes 6 servings.

  Ingredients

1/4 cup walnuts (chopped)
2 apples (cored and diced)
1 cup celery (diced)
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup plain yogurt, non-fat
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Picture courtesy of: USDA

Waldorf salad combines apples, celery, raisins, walnuts, and non-fat yogurt to create a great starter before your meal or a light dessert. Although walnuts are called in the recipe, feel free to add in your favorite nuts or leave them out altogether. If you can, prepare this salad the night before to allow the flavor to increase in the refrigerator. The next day you will have a tasty salad to serve that your guests will rave about.

Waldorf Salad Recipe

Dutch Green Beans

Makes 4 servings.

  Ingredients

1 can green beans (15 ounces)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/3 cup vinegar
1 onion (small, sliced)

Picture courtesy of: USDA

Dutch green beans is the perfect heat and serve recipe. This quick dish can be made in about 15 minutes, which is sure to satisfy hungry crowds. Green beans, whether fresh, frozen or canned are a very healthy food choice. They contain iron, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and D, which is good for your overall health. Try making this this Dutch green bean recipe for your next family meal.

Dutch Green Bean Recipe

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20883418

https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/recipes-menus/healthy-thrifty-holiday-menus/christmas-menu

 

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