Don’t Forget to Add Your ‘Green’ This Holiday

The holidays are in full swing this year, bringing a lot of opportunities for family and friend get togethers. Many people worry about how the holidays will add to their waistline after all the fine dining.

Research has shown that it is more beneficial to include more fruits and vegetables in ones diet vs cutting out high-fat/high-sugar foods. (Epstein, L. et al)   Here are a few ways to increase fruit and vegetable intake this holiday:

–         Have a green leafy salad to start off your Christmas dinner.

–         Make a vegetarian quiche for family brunch. Go crustless and serve it with orange slices.

–         Sign up to bring a fruit salad or a veggie tray with hummus to holiday parties.

–         Include lots of fruits and vegetables in recipes.

–         Make fruit k-bobs for an appetizer or dessert.

–         Sauté onions and mushrooms to put on steak; try adding a tomato on top.

–         Make a Salad Wreath (see below)  

Enjoy the variety of holiday flavors this holiday Season. But remember, to include your greens!

 

Salad Wreath

(Source:  Mr. Food)

Serves: 6

Preparation Time: 20 min

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package mixed baby greens
  • 12 small cherry tomatoes
  • 4 slices cheese
  • 1 medium cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 large carrot

What To Do:

  1. Place a small bowl in the center of a large round platter and fill with your favorite dressing.
     
  2. Form a wreath by arranging the baby greens around the small bowl. Place the tomatoes in clusters of three on the greens.
     
  3. Using Christmas cookie cutters, cut each slice of cheese into a holiday shape and place over the greens. Arrange the cucumber slices around the edge of the platter.
     
  4. Using a vegetable peeler, peel wide, thick strips from the carrot. Loop the strips to create a bow. Serve, or cover and chill until ready to serve.

 

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