Make if healthier! Holiday foods should be delicious, but they can also be nutritious!

There’s nothing better than celebrating with others in the spirit of love and gratitude!  Some of the best traditions for many of us center around food, which can seem like a perpetual feast from Thanksgiving through the new year!

We can still carry on those delicious traditions by just tweaking them a little.  This can keep us celebrating into the new year without weakening our immune systems and adding five to ten extra pounds!

Just make what you love healthier!  Check the ingredients on the label, and avoid MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated oils, margarine, and artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners.  That will take care of most of the problems.

If you use cream-based soups, prepared stuffing mixes, canned fried onions, packaged pie crusts, etc., look for healthier alternatives at your local health food stores.  Also, opt for grains that are whole and unbleached, and choose frozen over canned products.

I recommend that you buy organic corn, corn meal, and anything that contains soy, because most corn and soy are genetically modified.  Many packaged products contain these two ingredients in some form.

Buy organic dairy products, use extra-virgin olive and coconut oils, and avoid refined vegetables oils, like canola and corn.  Instead of shortening (like Crisco), try palm shortening or organic butter for baked goods.

Some of my favorite products are  Wholly Wholesome frozen unbaked pie crusts (whole-grain and gluten-free), Wholly Wholesome frozen ready-to-bake pies (apple, cherry, and blueberry), canned Crispy Onions (365 Whole Foods brand), and Arrowhead Mills Organic Savory Herb Stuffing.  I also buy their organic corn meal, and I make my own breadcrumbs by whirling a few toasted slices of sprouted whole-grain bread in the blender.

That’s enough for now.  If you’re thinking that you can’t afford the better choices, my motto is “Spend more on healthier ingredients, and eat less!”  If it’s still too costly, start by avoiding the ingredients in the third paragraph.  That will be a good start in reducing toxins from your diet that interfere with good health.

Cranberry Spinach Salad is one of our favorite holiday sides and usually disappears (we make double):

Combine a 10-ounce package of organic baby spinach (you can use other greens if you prefer) with 1 cup of dried cranberries, 4 ounces of feta cheese (optional), and 1/2 cup chopped pecans (can be roasted in 300-degree oven for 5 to 7 minutes).

Dressing:  Whisk together 2 tablespoons balsamic or organic apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon raw honey, 1 teaspoon Dijon or brown mustard, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil.  Just before serving, toss into salad.

Substitutions or additions:  slivered almonds, cashews, unsweetened coconut, organic raisins, organic apples, pears, or strawberries.

Keep learning to be Healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Natural Health Care Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”                                                                        Stop by my Facebook page and let’s talk about how to make our holidays healthier!

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease.  It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need.



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