Don’t let the holidays derail your healthy lifestyle. Moderately indulging in family favorites is
okay on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day, which is only one or two meals of out ninety-
three possible meals in the month of December. It’s also a good idea to mix new, healthier
main and side dish options with your most favorite family holiday recipes, to create a meal that
you can feel good about and enjoy!
I’m always telling my patients that all calories are not created equally. Our bodies were
designed to process whole foods, such as meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes.
Consuming processed foods, such as boxed/bagged meals and snacks, increase inflammation in
the body, which can lead to inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes. I advise a diet consisting
of mostly vegetables, a moderate amount of fruit, and some meat or other natural protein
source. Snacks can include a slice of cheese, a palmful of nuts or seeds, an apple with nut
butter, homemade popcorn, etc. Moderate fats, from oils, avocados, nuts, are necessary for satiation and are
good for you. Making small changes, such as enjoying a savory dip with fresh vegetables,
instead of chips, is helpful to your overall wellness. Eating a diet of low inflammatory, natural
foods will improve your overall health.
I hope that you will find the following holiday menu satisfying, delicious, and nutritious.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Bon Appetit!
Find each recipe from this menu below!