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 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?