Holiday Detox, Part 1

Let's face it; that diet isn't going to start itself

Oh, the holidays; that wondrous time of year when we throw caution to the wind and eat whatever we please — despite the nagging voice in our head telling us to lose 3 lbs. Don't worry; I'm here to help. There are quite a few ways you can kick off your healthy goals for 2014:

Eat This:

  • Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, and mustard greens carry lots of vitamin A and are great either in salads or "green" smoothies. They can also all be easily added to soups and stews, which helps with the bitterness aspect associated with these leafy veggies. You can finely chop spinach and kale, add a few toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, and make an easy honey-balsamic dressing for a quick and healthy salad that will leave you full. 
  • Cranberries, although slightly bitter, are full of antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. They also make for delicious additions to festive drinks this time of year. You can buy frozen cranberries all year round, but fresh are also available. Try adding them to your morning oatmeal, tossing the dried variety into some homemade granola, or incorporating them into a smoothie for a pop of flavor. You can read even more about cranberry benefits here
  • Acorn and butternut squashes are readily available in the cooler months and lend themselves well to soups, roasting, and mashes. You can even do a simple bake with a teeny bit of syrup and butter. They're extremely high in fiber and low in fat. Additionally, because a lot of squash are fairly filling, you can incorporate them into a dish, say a winter salad with pomegranate seeds and kale, and not really miss the meat. 

Join me Monday for Part 2 of Holiday Detox. I'll share some easy substitutions so you can seriously put down that second doughnut. 

Categories: Dine & Dish, Food + Drink