Do you end up feeling like a stuffed turkey after gorging on so many holiday delights? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! It’s common during the holidays for people to overeat and overindulge. It’s hard not to! We tend to celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas with food and drink. This is why many people throw all rules regarding to diet and health out the window during this time of year.
We’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way! You can still enjoy the holidays while eating traditional, festive foods. There are many traditional holiday foods are actually quite healthy. The key lies in the preparation and moderation. Take these 15 festive favorites as healthful examples, and be sure to include them in your holiday feast…
There’s almost nothing healthier over the holidays than a big, gorgeous, juicy pomegranate. The plump, red fruit is not only rich in disease fighting antioxidants, it’s also super versatile, especially when it comes to holiday treats. You can easily splash some pomegranate into the holiday punch bowl, incorporate it into festive desserts or by toss some seeds over steamed veggies or a nutritious salad.
According to Dr. Oz, pomegranates are considered a superfood because they have a high amount of antioxidants and are considered a nutrient powerhouse. “The main ingredients of pomegranates are punicalagins, potent antioxidants and punicic acid, or pomegranate seed oil,” writes the source. “Pomegranate seed oil contains fatty acid conjugated linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid that plays a role in suppressing inflammation and improving markers of heart disease and cholesterol.”