The festive season is often a time that is dreaded by those of you who are planning on sticking to your healthy eating plan. We have compiled a list of foods that feel just as luxurious as their carb and sugar-laden alternatives.

MIAMI, FL, December 20, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — The festive season is often a time that is dreaded by those of you who are planning on sticking to your healthy eating plan. You no longer have to avoid those Christmas parties and social gatherings in fear of being tempted into falling off of the wagon. We have compiled a list of foods that feel just as luxurious as their carb and sugar-laden alternatives. A great resource for more information on how to maintain your health this Christmas is Authority Reports. Here you can find articles regarding the latest health news and trends.

Roasted Brussels sprouts
This is probably the simplest yet most delicious side-dish you will ever prepare. Slice a bunch of Brussels sprouts in half, toss in some salt, oil, and balsamic vinegar before placing them in a roasting dish. Pop them into a hot oven for an hour until they are brown and crisp and enjoy with your Christmas meal.

Sweet potato and wild rice salad
Roast some chopped sweet potatoes while you cook your wild rice. Throw them in a salad bowl and top with sliced apples, avocado, and almonds. This salad is delicious but also great for your body. Sweet potatoes are one of the vegetables that your body is able to digest the most efficiently. Additionally, they have a low glycemic index, which means they will keep your blood sugar and energy levels stable.

Balsamic roasted chicken thighs with cranberries
Everyone needs a good roast chicken recipe to keep in your back pocket for those cold, holiday nights. This recipe is easy to make, you just pop a couple of chicken thighs in a roasting tray with balsamic vinegar, fresh cranberries and a few sprigs of thyme and let the oven do its magic. The addition of cranberries to this recipe makes it seem extra festive.

Gluten-free gingerbread men
There is nothing quite as nostalgic as biting into a warm gingerbread man as you sip on some mulled wine. Just because you are trying to be healthy it does not mean that you have to be denied of this treat. A good gingerbread recipe is gluten-free but also vegan, which means that you have little to feel guilty about when you tuck in.

Maple cranberry sauce
Cranberry sauce is a Christmastime classic. However, conventionally canned cranberry sauce contains a shocking amount of added sugar. Fortunately, making your own cranberry sauce is as easy as pie. Add fresh cranberries to a large saucepan with a dash of maple syrup and cinnamon and cook it down until it reaches your preferred consistency.

Quinoa stuffing
Did you know that you can substitute the bread in stuffing for quinoa? Cook a large pot of quinoa and prepare your favorite stuffing, instead of adding bread use the cooked quinoa. This is an excellent alternative as quinoa is an ancient grain that is incredibly rich in fiber and protein.

Honey roasted carrots
Most people love eating a good candied carrot with their Christmas meal. However, the added sugars make vegetables prepared this way a very bad choice. Switch out the sugar in your candied carrots recipe for honey and never look back.

Christmas tree vegetable platter
People at parties generally tend to avoid the fresh vegetable platter. However, with a good presentation, the simple vegetable platter becomes irresistible to all. Build a Christmas tree with broccoli and cherry tomatoes and serve it with a herb dip. We can guarantee that not even the pickiest eater will be able to resist stopping by for a snack.

Cinnamon roasted fruit
Nothing beats a warm dessert on a cold night during the festive season. Slice up some apples and add them to a roasting tray with cranberries and mandarin segments. Lightly dust the fruit with cinnamon. Roast until the fruit is cooked through and gooey. This makes for a delicious gluten-free dessert that can be enjoyed with a small dash of cream. Because it is Christmas after all.

Cauliflower soup
Few things are as hearty as a warm bowl of soup. Slice up two large heads of cauliflower and roast them until they are brown and cooked through. Toss them in your blender with a cup of low sodium chicken broth and blend until you have a creamy soup.


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