With the holidays right around the corner, kitchens all over America are gearing up for the flurry of baking and cooking excitement that is so characteristic of this season. At Wellworks For You, we love the holidays too, but we think it’s time to offer some wise words about the eating habits that tend to develop during this season. Sure, those cookies are going to be delicious and having a slice of pie is a treat we think should be enjoyed. But in the midst of the never ending dessert trains and the greasy party appetizers, remember that even during this festive season, your health is still important. Healthy holiday recipes can come to the rescue!
Choosing the right portions and getting off on the right foot with the ingredients you choose for your holiday dishes are two simple steps that can be taken to ensure that this year you can eat well and stay guilt free!
3 Reasons Why Healthy Holiday Recipes Get two Thumbs up
1. They Taste Great!
Healthy recipes can often involve delicious flavors that are naturally found in the ingredients. Wowing dinner guests with some exciting new flavor profiles and energizing those party goers’ taste buds, all while providing healthy eating options, is easier than you may believe. Many healthy holiday recipes use ingredients with bold, natural flavors that stand out well all by themselves.
2. They’re Easy to Make
An easy way to get started with some great tasting dishes is to shop for brightly colored produce, lean cuts of meat, and unique spices. Because not much work is required to make these flavors pop, these dishes usually require a very minimal amount of work. Much of the prep time will be in preparing fresh produce or meat. Otherwise, many healthier recipes use less ingredients and take less time to prepare than their not-so-good-for-you counterparts that aren’t as naturally flavorful.
3. They will Always be a Welcomed Guest
With so many fatty, sugar-loaded, and greasy foods showing up around the holidays, your delicious and refreshingly healthy recipes will offer everyone unique options that they won’t have to feel guilty about. Adding a fresh vegetable appetizer to the mix or offering a nutrient rich entre are sure ways to brighten everyone’s moods and help people feel great!
Want Rave Reviews? Try this Easy, Healthy Holiday Recipe
Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle Aioli
4 large sweet potatoes (white or orange)
4 Tbs. light brown sugar
Pinch of salt
4 Tbs. olive oil
1 ½ C. mayonnaise or sour cream (light varieties work well)
3-4 clove of garlic
2-5 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (depending on preferred level of heat)
Juice of 1 fresh lime
salt and pepper to taste
Wash and cut sweet potatoes into 1 inch cubes. Coat cubes in olive oil and brown sugar plus a pinch of salt by tossing them in a bowl. Spread evenly on baking sheet and bake at 350 F for about 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, using a stick blender, food processor or regular blender, blend the remaining ingredients together tasting several times to determine heat level. Serve potatoes with dipping sauce on the side.