Can you offer some simple healthy tips for holiday entertaining?
It's no secret that the holidays have an indulgent reputation. Between stores brimming with treats around every corner, and enthusiastic family members making (or requesting) their most decadently delicious recipes, the holidays are not exactly set up to be our â€œhealthiestâ€ time of year. Even so, there's several ways you can spruce up the table with clean recipes and superfoods, keeping you feeling good this season on every level.
Celebrate seasonal fruit.
Yes, there are endless options for baked goods, snacks, treats, and more â€¦ but there's also some glorious seasonal produce that act as simple pleasures all to themselves. Offer a fruit spread of new crop fruits like crisp apples, juicy pears, succulent mandarin oranges, and candy-like dates. Not only will these sweet items pair well with your other dishes, but they also will offer a refreshing balance.
Upgrade the nut bowl.
Nuts are a great choice to offer for snacking to be sure - they are filling, tasty, and excellent for metabolic and cardiovascular health. To pack more superfoods onto your table, try offering one of Navitas Naturals Superfood+ Snacks - raw nuts and seeds that have been rolled in flavorful superfoods for maximum flavor and healthy benefits. With seven unique varieties like Goldenberry Ginger Almonds, Maca Maple Cashews, or Cacao Coconut Chips, these beneficial munchies are sure to be a huge hit with your guests.
Superfood-ize your dips and spreads.
Every holiday table needs some delectable spreads for crackers and cruditÃ©s â€¦ which also happens to be a perfect place to fold in some favorite superfoods. Make your own dips, like my recipe for Hemp Hummus, or try simply â€œboostingâ€ your favorite store-bought varieties: A handful of hemp seeds and chia seeds can be mixed into almost anything savory thanks to their light flavor, and sweeter spreads and jams can be enhanced with fresh berries like macerated raspberries or sweet dried goji berries and goldenberries.
Make holiday treats with smart sweeteners.
If you're getting out the baking pans for the holiday, utilize simple sugar swaps to make your treats a little healthier. Coconut sugar is a perfect stand-in for cane sugar, and is an easy 1:1 swap â€¦ while offering half the glycemic index load! Low-sugar yacon syrup is a great substitute for molasses or maple syrup, so you can make those gingerbread men better than ever this year. And while lucuma powder won't sweeten your recipe entirely on its own, take advantage of this flavorful fruit powder in recipes like muffins or quick breads to help reduce the total sugar. I like to add in 2 tablespoons of lucuma powder, and subtract 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of flour per baked recipe - the flavor is enhanced, and though small, every little sugar reduction adds up!