10 Better-for-You Holiday Foods

10 Better-for-You Holiday Foods

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10 Better-for-You Holiday Foods


When you think of all the foods you consume over the holidays, chances are you tend to fret and focus on the foods that put on the pounds or clog the arteries. With help from our British friends at BBC Foods, here are 10 foods that you can feel good about this holiday season.


The big bird is high in protein and low in fat, especially the white meat—as long as you avoid the skin. Turkey is also a rich source of niacin.


Cranberries are high in vitamin C and a potent source of disease-fighting antioxidants. Plus, research indicates drinking cranberry juice can help prevent urinary tract infections.

Smoked salmon

If this is on the holiday buffet, dig in. Smoked salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which are good for your heart, and it’s relatively low in calories. It’s also a good source of protein, and contains niacin, which helps turn food into energy.

Roasted potatoes

Roasting potatoes in oil adds calories, of course, but this popular vegetable is still low in saturated fat and a good source many nutrients, including potassium and magnesium, as well as vitamin B6 and folate.


The darker the orange color, the more beta-carotene this vegetable contains. Your body turns beta-carotene into vitamin A, good for healthy skin and eyesight. They’re also high in potassium. Cooked carrots contain antioxidants that are believed to help fight diseases, including cancer.

Red cabbage

Here’s a veggie that’s high in calcium, so it helps build strong bones and teeth. It’s also a good source of folate and carotenes.


Parsnips contain about twice as much fiber as carrots (and twice the calories). But, as with most vegetables, they still can be considered low in calories, relatively speaking.

Brussels sprouts

The little round guys are rich in vitamin C and folate. They also contain vitamin B6 which aids in the metabolism of amino acids, the formation of red blood cells and a healthy nervous system. Sprouts also contain lutein which helps prevent clogged blood vessels that can lead to strokes and heart disease.

Mincemeat pie

Try to eat more of the fruit, and less of the pastry crust. The dried fruit in mincemeat pies contains potassium.

Christmas pudding

The dried fruit in many Christmas puddings will likely be high in potassium, and a decent source of iron and fiber.


No, we’re kidding on this one. Go ahead and feel guilty if you eat a lot of fudge. But, hey, if it has nuts in it, those have certain health benefits!


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