Healthy Holiday Meal Ideas

Healthy Holiday Meal Ideas For The Family

With the holidays approaching quickly, it is time to start putting together a few ideas for a delicious holiday meal. This year though, challenge yourself to make it a healthy holiday meal. This can be easily done! When it comes to serving a plate of food, try to portion it out so whole grains and vegetables take up about 30% of your plate each, with fruits and protein taking up 20% each. This will give you a balanced meal while giving you enough of each food group. Take a look at the reasons why you should choose a whole foods diet.

Take A Look At This Healthy Holiday Meal Idea

What is an example of a healthy holiday meal? Your meal should consist of a lean protein like turkey, fish, or chicken, a fresh vegetable, a whole grain, and fresh fruit. Here is a great meal plan for the holidays that is both tasty and healthy!

PROTEIN: Salmon with Fresh Herbs

4 – 3.5oz servings of Salmon fillets

1 lemon

1 TBSP fresh dill

1 TBSP fresh lemon thyme

1 TBSP parsley

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

2 TBSP butter, softened

Preheat oven to 350. Rinse salmon and pat dry. Cut lemon in half and then shred 1 tsp of lemon peel. In a bowl, add lemon peel, herbs, salt, pepper, and softened butter, then mix well. Spread onto salmon. In an oven-safe pan warmed over medium heat, add salmon with the herb side down. Cook until golden brown. Turn salmon over and squeeze the juice of ½ lemon onto fish. Place the pan in the oven for about 7 minutes, or until the fish flakes. When the salmon is done, place it on a plate and top with lemon peel and herbs.

VEGETABLE: Sweet Potatoes

4 sweet potatoes (peeled & cut into 1 inch cubes)

2 TBSP organic coconut oil

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp cayenne (add more if you like it spicy)

Salt & Pepper to taste

In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat. Once oil is warm, add potatoes and spices. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. This will take approximately 30-40 minutes to become tender. Serve with Salmon listed above.

WHOLE GRAIN: Orange and Walnut Quinoa

1 ½ c. dry-roasted quinoa

2 navel oranges, zested

½ c. chopped toasted walnuts

2 ½ c. vegetable broth

2 TBSP flat leaf parsley, chopped

1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Combine broth, oil, and quinoa, then bring to a boil. Cover and lower heat to low, cooking for 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and toss in orange zest, parsley, and toasted walnuts. You can also slice the oranges and serve these on the side for your fruit option.

DESSERT: Coconut Date Cookies

6-7 dried pitted dates

1 c. rolled oats

2 c. whole-wheat flour

½ c. shredded coconut

½ c. maple syrup

½ TBSP cinnamon

¼ TBSP nutmeg

½ c. olive oil

Soak dates in 1 c. of water for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375. Put all ingredients including dates in the soaking water in a blender. Blend into a dough. Form little balls and smash them into cookies. Place them on a lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Turn them over and bake for 10 more minutes. Now how delicious does that sound for a healthy holiday meal?

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