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Top 5 Healthy Foods for the Holidays

The holidays are a time to spoil yourself, but what would you say to mixing health with pleasure by trying some seasonal treats that are both nutritious and delicious? Here are five foods that you can include in your festive holiday menus, along with simple ways to prepare them.

Cranberries

Did you know that cranberries rank second just behind blueberries among the foods highest in antioxidants? It's interesting to note that, because of their low water concentration, dried cranberries contain more antioxidants than fresh ones do. Their slightly tart flavour makes them perfect for stuffings, sauces, chutneys, and even salads. Have fun adding a sweet yet healthy touch to your dishes!

Hazelnuts

Your guests will love the delicate, mild flavour of hazlenuts. Though available year round, they are at their best in winter and therefore an ideal healthy addition to your holiday menus. Like most nuts, hazelnuts contain monounsaturated fats that are good for heart health. Crunchy and irresistible, hazelnuts are perfect in salads, stuffings and even desserts!

Citrus fruits

Though often associated with warm climates, citrus fruits are also synonymous with winter for Canadians. This is the time of year when they're at their most delicious, so go ahead and add some vitamin C to your dishes—one orange provides almost your entire recommended daily allowance! However, it's best to eat oranges raw, because vitamin C is quite fragile and can be destroyed when heated. Separate some oranges into sections and mix them with red onions and fresh mint. Sprinkle with high quality olive oil and you'll have a salad fit for any holiday meal!

Gravlax

Have you tried gravlax? This Scandinavian specialty made with salmon is both healthy and flavourful. Rachelle-Béry is proud to carry this fine quality product. Gravlax is an ideal addition to any Christmas buffet or brunch and makes for an elegant appetizer. Simply serve it on slices of rye, multigrain, or pumpernickel bread. It's absolutely delicious!

Turkey

Many people give turkey a place of honour in the centre of their table, and for good reason—it's the holiday dish par excellence. Like chicken, its meat is lean because it's low in total fat and saturated fat. What's more, it's an excellent source of high-quality protein. The skin, on the other hand, contains considerably more fat and is less nutritious. To prepare turkey, you can dress it with your favourite stuffing and serve it with cranberry sauce or fruit chutney.

The Rachelle-Béry Team of Nutritionists