Spicing It Up For The Holidays


Spicing It Up For The Holidays

Christmas is the time we spend with family, cherishing the bonds and memories we make during the festive season. Another aspect of these beautiful holidays is the delicious food and festivities. A cornucopia of appetizing dishes are relished by everyone, so isn’t it possible to incorporate deliciousness with amazing health benefits that come up with spices, herbs and other ingredients? Besides, when families come together, it also brings out health concerns and criticisms, whether we own up to it or not. So, why not make this Christmas different, more special? We have a recipe for a healthy holiday season here for you!

Whatever traditional delicacies may lie in your family’s history, there is always room for salad, right? Why not make a salad that adds taste, health and festive fervour to your Christmas tradition? The following is the recipe for a healthy and tasty salad along with its health benefits and nutritious values that will boost your health and well-being this festive season.

HOLIDAY LETTUCE SALAD

Healthy way to lead the festivities!

Ingredients:

  • 10 cups of torn romaine lettuce (other kind works, but this one works wonders!)
  • 2 red apples, cubed
  • 2 pears, cubed
  • 1 cup of shredded Swiss cheese (yummy!)
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries
  • 6 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons of light corn syrup
  • 1½ teaspoons of grated onion
  • 1½ teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon of table salt
  • ½ cup of chopped and lightly salted cashews

Directions:

  • Combine the first five ingredients mentioned in the list in a salad bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, oil and corn syrup with onions, mustard and salt to make the dressing.
  • Pour the romaine mixture, made earlier, and toss it around to coat it with the dressing.
  • To complete the dish, sprinkle the salted cashews on top.
  • Viola! Your delicious and healthy lettuce salad is ready to be devoured.

Nutritional Value:

  • A cup full of this lettuce, fruit and nut salad contains approximately 144 calories, 8 grams of fat, 2 grams of which would be saturated fats, 7 milligrams of cholesterol, 134 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates (9 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber), and 4 grams of proteins.
  • There is 1½ fat, 1 starch and 1 vegetable in the salad, which makes it not entirely diabetic friendly but tiny portions should be okay.

Secret Tip:

  • To make this salad completely diabetic friendly, leave out the corn syrup and add stevia extracts instead. That will make it as diabetic friendly as they come.
  • The fruits used in the salad are low in sugar yet high in nutrition value.
  • Adding California Mandarin Oranges to the recipe can add an extra zing to it, if you prefer so.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • All the ingredients used in the salad are rich in antioxidants. They reduce oxidative stress and enhance immunity.
  • Cranberries are considered superfood and contain minerals and vitamins along with healthy plant compounds.
  • Cashews are rich in Vitamin E and provide better tissue binding while promoting healthy growth of the nervous system.
  • Together, these ingredients provide the body with most of the essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

CONCLUSION

The festive season is not just about togetherness and happiness; it’s about taking care of our loved ones. Serving this salad to your friends and family is a delicious way of keeping your loved ones happy and healthy. Try it out!