5 Superfoods as Health Holiday Recipes5 Superfoods as Healthy Holiday Recipes

Want to impress your family and friends with holiday recipes that are delicious and won’t leave them regretting the aftermath of usual holiday fixings? Then step outside of the box of stuffing, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes and add these superfood recipes to your traditional holiday feast.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Instead of mashed russets with cream and butter, opt for something a little sweeter and healthier. Sweet potatoes get their orange hue from their rich source of beta carotene. They are also a great source of vitamin C, manganese, and B6.

You will need the following ingredients:
5 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil or olive oil; divided
1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots (about 2 medium)
1 1/3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Heat 4 teaspoons oil in a medium skillet over low heat. Add shallots to pan, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Put potatoes in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook 8 minutes or until tender. Drain. Place potatoes in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add rosemary, salt, and pepper; beat until blended. Spoon into a bowl; top with shallots, and drizzle with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil.


Sautéed Swiss Chard

This leafy green vegetable is loaded with phytonutrients and vitamins A, C, and K. It can be prepared many ways, but as a sautéed side it is a great addition to a holiday meal.

You will need the following ingredients:
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 small red onion, diced
1 bunch Swiss chard, stems and center ribs cut out and chopped together, leaves coarsely chopped separately
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Put olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and onion, and cook for 30 seconds. Add the chard stems and the white wine. Simmer until the stems begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chard leaves, and cook until wilted. Finally, stir in lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. Chard can be cooked 4 hours ahead and reheated over low heat on stove.


Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts contain glucosinolates, phytonutrients that are found in cruciferous vegetables. Brussel sprouts’ glucosinolate content is higher than broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, and mustard greens. This small cruciferous vegetable is loaded with vitamins C and K.

You will need the following ingredients:
2 pounds Brussels sprouts
4-5 slices organic bacon
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp whole grain mustard
2 tbsp unpasteurized honey
1 tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp Himalayan or fine sea salt
½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper

Preheat oven to 425F. Trim the ends off the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half. Place in a large mixing bowl. Slice bacon and put over the sprouts. In a separate container, mix olive oil, garlic, mustard, honey, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Pour mixture over sprouts and bacon. Mix to coat evenly and spread in a single layer in a shallow baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, turning once or twice, until the sprouts are tender and golden and the bacon is crispy.


Orange Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries contain health-supportive phytonutrients, including flavonoids, anthocyanins, phenolic acids, and proanthocyanidins.

You will need the following ingredients:
4 cups fresh or frozen organic cranberries
2 cups 100% Organic apple juice
1 cup pure maple syrup
Zest of 1 orange
Juice of 1 orange

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat. Brink liquid to a boil. Turn heat to medium low and simmer about 18 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cranberries have “popped” and sauce starts to thicken. Remove from heat and let cool to allow sauce to thicken more.

For a thicker sauce, combine 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch and a little cold water. Add this to the sauce during the last minute of cooking. Do not add too soon or the sauce will thicken and then thin out again.


Raw Coco Treats

Can chocolate be healthy? When you are talking about the unprocessed source of chocolate, it just may be…in moderation. It takes a certain type of chocolate – raw cacoa – to receive the most health benefits, as it is rich in antioxidants and magnesium. This delicious chocolate treat contains the unprocessed source of chocolate, is easy to make, and tastes better than packaged alternatives.

You will need the following ingredients:
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp agave nectar or brown rice syrup (for thicker consistency)
¼ tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of Stevia
2 Tbsp raw, organic coco powder

First, cover a plate with plastic wrap, and then combine ingredients in a bowl and stir until completely mixed together. Place small spoonfuls of the mixture on the plastic covered plate. Place in the freezer until the chocolate solidifies and then serve. You can also add nuts or coconut to this mixture for varied kinds of chocolate.

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