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Nourishing the Season: Healthy Holiday Recipes for a Vibrant Celebration

The holiday season often brings visions of indulgent feasts and sweet treats, but that doesn’t mean healthy eating has to take a backseat. This year, let’s celebrate with a commitment to nourishing our bodies and delighting our taste buds. Embrace these three delicious and nutritious holiday recipes that prove healthy can be hearty and festive.

1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans
Ingredients:

1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
In a large bowl, toss Brussels sprouts, cranberries, and pecans with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup.
Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet.
Roast for 20-25 minutes or until Brussels sprouts are golden and tender.
Season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Why It’s Healthy:
Brussels sprouts are rich in fiber and vitamin C, while cranberries offer antioxidants. Pecans add healthy fats and a satisfying crunch, making this side dish a nutritional powerhouse.

 

2. Herb-Roasted Salmon with Lemon and Garlic

Ingredients:

4 salmon fillets
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
Zest of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
Place salmon fillets on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
In a small bowl, mix olive oil, minced garlic, chopped thyme, chopped rosemary, and lemon zest.
Brush the herb mixture over the salmon fillets, ensuring they are well-coated.
Season with salt and pepper.
Roast for 12-15 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through.
Serve with lemon wedges.

Why It’s Healthy:
Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health. The fresh herbs and lemon add flavor without excess sodium, making it a nutritious and flavorful main course.

 

3. Winter Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

Ingredients:

2 cups mixed salad greens
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 cup sliced kiwi
1 cup mandarin orange segments
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Dressing:
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest

Instructions:

In a large bowl, combine salad greens, pomegranate seeds, sliced kiwi, mandarin orange segments, and toasted sliced almonds.
In a small bowl, whisk together honey, lime juice, and lime zest to create the dressing.
Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat.
Serve immediately.

Why It’s Healthy:
This fruit salad is a vitamin and antioxidant-rich delight. Pomegranate seeds, kiwi, and mandarin oranges provide a burst of flavors and health benefits, while the honey-lime dressing adds a touch of sweetness without refined sugars.

 

 

As you savor these healthy holiday recipes, remember that nourishing your body can be a joyful part of the festive season. Embrace the flavors of wholesome ingredients, and let your holiday celebration be a vibrant and delicious expression of well-being. Cheers to a healthy and happy holiday season!

 

About the Author
Cicely Wilson

Cicely Wilson

Hi! I’m Cicely Wilson, a birth professional passionate about supporting families during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. I believe in honoring the mind, body, and spirit of every unique family. I’m certified in multiple areas, providing comprehensive care to families. I advocate for those facing fertility challenges and pregnancy loss and continue to deepen my knowledge in baby care. As a philanthropist, I invest in and mentor emerging leaders in the birth industry. In my free time, I enjoy meditation, sushi, and home renovation shows. Let me empower and support you during this special time.

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