The holiday season has officially launched! Instead of avoiding temptation, focus on balance and moderation. Eat plenty of delicious, nutrient-dense foods to stabilize blood sugar, crowd out cravings, and keep your waistline slim.
Use these flavor-packed side dishes to maintain energy levels while keeping the body satisfied and healthy during the fun-filled chaos of the holidays.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash
4 cups Brussels sprouts, cut into halves
¼ cup Olive Oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 F. Place cubed squash and Brussels in large bowl. Wisk olive oil, parsley, rosemary, and garlic in a bowl and pour mixture over vegetables, fully coating the squash and sprouts. Place vegetables in roasting pan and place in oven for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove from oven, cool for 5 minutes, and serve.
Sauteed Hazelnut Kale
2 bunches of chopped kale, ribs removed
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
Lemon juice to taste
Dried Cranberries, optional
Heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet. Add kale and sauté over medium heat until kale is tender and slightly wilted. Remove from heat, cool slightly, and then transfer kale to a serving dish. Stir in chopped hazelnuts, add a splash of lemon juice (if desired), and sprinkle with parmesan before serving.