Eat, Drink, and Be Merry – Heart Healthy Recipes for Christmas Dinner
Candy canes, sugar plums, gingerbread, and eggnog! Yummm!!
But as amazing as all of these tasty treats are, our bodies are not made to consume SO MUCH sugar and fat in such a short amount of time. It is an overconsumption of these seasonal foods that can lead to bloating, a little bit of weight gain (*moan*), and even an increase in our risk for heart disease (yikes!). But don’t fret! When the season of giving and eating arrives, you don’t have to say no to everything. There is another way to enjoy these favored recipes and not have to stress about your heart (especially if you’re the chef!)…
Introducing our favourite heart healthy recipes for the holiday season!
We have scoured the internet to find the best and tastiest Christmas side dishes, drinks, and desserts that will keep you merry for the entire holiday season!
Could Christmas dinner be complete without a side of sweet potatoes? We think not! Not only are sweet potatoes a wonderful heart healthy vegetable, they make the perfect side dish too. This heart healthy recipe of Mashed Sweet Potatoes from TwoPeasAndTheirPod avoids the added sugars while keeping the dish creamy and packed with flavor!
Onion, carrot, garlic, celery – what other dish is this packed with so many heart healthy ingredients? Stuffing is one of our favourite mouth-watering side dishes that completes the Christmas meal. Take a look at this vegan stuffing recipe that is both oil and butter free by RunningOnRealFood that will keep your heart running on happy!
Since studies have shown that chocolate (in moderation) is actually good for the heart, why not opt for a cup of cocoa this holiday? But wait! Before you order a sugar-filled hot chocolate from Starbucks, consider instead this heart healthy, low-carb Hot Chocolate by SweetAsHoney. This recipe is vegan, sugar-free, dairy-free, and perfect for those on Keto diets!
It wouldn’t be the holidays without gingerbread! Make this festive cookie using a whole new approach with the recipe created by ChoosingChia! The recipe uses ingredient replacements to ensure that they are better for your heart and your overall health. Less sugar, real spices, and whole-grain flour! What more could you ask for in a Christmas cookie?
If you are looking to avoid the refined sugar altogether, why not use the seasonal fruits and mix them together for a delectable post-dinner treat? This Baked Pears recipe from ThisGalCooks uses a natural sweetener (honey) and adds other mouth-watering ingredients that are good for your blood-pumper. Fun fact – both cranberries and pecans work to reduce your risk of heart disease too!
Add these delicious and heart healthy recipes to your holiday menu, and feel good all winter long about what you put into your body. Now go! Eat, drink, and be merry!
Wondering what else you can do to help your heart during the holidays? Take a look at this blog from BBCGoodFood.com and learn the best tips and tricks to keep you feeling great all December!