Healthy Eating for the Holidays

Making a festive and elegant table for your holiday feast is a given, but consider using a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits to brighten up your spread as well.  By adding sautéed red peppers, onions and mushrooms to bowls of green vegetables, you can introduce a splash of color and additional nutrients for your guests.

Involve your young guests in helping to choose vegetables in a variety of colors at the store.  By involving the children in these important decisions, they will feel a sense of pride and be more willing to try these new vegetables.

“Half of a meal should comprise fruits and vegetables that consist of a variety of colors,” said Vilma Andari, president and founder of NutraHealthFood and a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association. “The other two quarters should be whole grains and healthy proteins.”

Heart-healthy colorful veggies include sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and acorn squash.  Apples and nuts are also healthful and provide texture and variety to any holiday spread.

Enjoy creating a vibrant holiday feast for your loved ones this holiday season with a challenge to add as many colors as possible!

Be sure to visit the American Heart Association for ideas of how to add color and healthy recipes to your holiday table.