If you’re attempting to stay healthy during the holidays, you know it can be extremely difficult. Besides not having the time to properly workout, there’s all sorts of delicious treats that aren’t the best for your health. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy yourself. There are plenty of healthy options out there that are just as good as the food that is high in fat and calories. So, are here the healthy Christmas foods that you should be eating.
Spinach contains carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which help prevent muscle degeneration and signs of aging.
Strawberries have something called phytonturients, which assist in keeping your eyes healthy.
Polyphenols are found in balsamic vinegar. These boost your immunity system and can help fight cell damage.
Instead of almonds and walnuts, enjoy a low-calorie alternative, chestnuts. Chestnuts not only have less than one-half g of fat and only 64 calories, they’re also rich in the immunity boosting vitamin C.
Whole Grain Bread
Whole grain dinner rolls, or stuffing made from whole grain bread, is a great source of fiber. They also contain selenium, potassium and magnesium, which can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.
Shellfish, like crab and mussels, have plenty of B12, magnesium, and potassium, which all improve brain function.
Salmon can reduce heart disease thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids.
Instead of roast beef or ham, stick with the Thanksgiving favorite. The white meat in turkey is lower in saturated fat and calories than other meats. By limiting saturated fat intake, you can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Garlic has sulfur compounds that lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol, and will also reduce the risk of stomach and colon cancer.
Onions contain flavonoids, or antioxidants, that reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Cranberry sauce made with fresh cranberries are rich in antioxidants, which is good for your heart. Cranberries also contain flavonoids, which can protect your heart from the damage that leads to clogged arteries.
Figs contain fiber and B6, which can keep your bodies system regular. Figs are also a natural mood booster.
Winter squash, such as acorn or butternut squash, has plenty of vitamin C and beta-carotene to reduce the risk of endometrial cancer.
Not only are yams a popular Christmas dinner side dish, they’re also delicious. But, they’re also healthy for you, since they are very low on the glycemic index. Regularly eating low glycemic index foods may reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and keep tabs on your holiday appetite.
Just because you’re trying to be healthy, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have anything alcoholic to drink. Red wine is known for having revesterol, which prevents heart disease and inflammation of the lungs. Red wine is also beneficial for cardiovascular health, higher good cholesterol levels, and improved digestion and metabolism. Of course, it should be consumed in moderation.
If you have a sweet tooth, or don’t want to skip dessert, opt for some dark chocolate, since they contain plenty of antioxidants. Dark chocolate is also good for your heart, brain and blood sugar levels since it contains potassium, copper, magnesium and iron.
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