The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year and a chance to see friends and family over a delicious meal. And with it usually comes some decadent food! So here are some food choices and a few tips to help you maintain your heart healthy diets during the holidays and still have a great time.
First, remember that half your meal should be fruits and veggies. The other half should be healthy protein and whole grains, you’ll keep yourself on your diet.
Sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants such as Vitamin C and beta carotene which is then converted into Vitamin A to help support a healthy immune system and promote bone growth.
Brussel sprouts are a delicious multilayered, cruciferous. Low in calories and high in dietary fiber, they’re also rich in Vitamin C and folic acid.
Apples help prevent LDL from causing buildup of plaque in the arteries because of their fiber content. But be sure to eat the skin!
Nuts of all kinds as long as they are unsalted and roasted are great as appetizers and gifts during the holidays. Just remember they are high in calories, so limit your consumption.
Fish, especially salmon, makes a great holiday meal and is ideal for maintaining your heart healthy diet. Additional varieties to include are mackerel, tuna and herring are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Here are some other ideas:
- Winter squash makes a fantastic “Power Veggie.”
- Roasted fall vegetables like brussels sprouts, carrots or turnips make a Thanksgiving table more festive.
- Baked or roasted fall fruits like apples, pears, apricots, peaches or plums are perfect for staying on your diet.
- Make it an occasional serving of lean red meat like pork or beef tenderloin, but limit this to a few times per month.
- Substitute holiday cookies for Corazonas heart-healthy snacks, which have whole grains like oatmeal, dried fruits and nuts as prime ingredients.
- Bake with heart-healthy fats like canola oil rather than butter.
Have a Happy and Heart Healthy Holiday Season from everyone at Corazonas!