One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is to snuggle up with my boys and watch one of the many Christmas specials on TV. I have so many favorites! Of course, a steaming cup of hot chocolate is the best treat while watching these shows but this year I decided to incorporate fruits into our viewing snacks. Here are some of our healthy and yummy treats that celebrate a couple of the classics!
When we think of the holiday season, our minds go straight to thoughts of freshly baked cookies, lights on every house, gifts, holiday music and festivities. This year, we want you to add tomatoes to your holiday plans! With their beautiful red color, tomatoes are perfect for adding flair to holiday recipes.
I want my children to eat healthily and grow up with a healthy relationship with food. My youngest prefers fruits and veggies over sweets while my oldest would be happy to eat only chicken and bread for an eternity. Parenting both ends of the spectrum, at the same table, can be really tough. We had a meltdown one night at dinner. Afterwards, I was replaying the scene in my head, “why is it that one of my kids always says no to new foods while the other would nosh through almost anything and proudly ask for seconds or even thirds?” Is one behavior actually better than the other?
Between holiday parties and family get-togethers, it can sometimes be hard to keep things healthy. The holidays are known for rich dishes and decadent desserts. While we certainly don’t want to take away from classic dishes or family recipes, there are simple ways to lighten up those dishes by swapping an ingredient or adding a veggie.
Do you have an Instant Pot and are unsure where to begin? I felt the same way for a while, in fact it sat in the box on my dining room table for longer than I’d like to admit. Once you start tinkering with this appliance, I promise you’ll get the hang of it. The first time I used it was to make spaghetti squash, and since then I’ve used it quite a few times to cook up mashed potatoes, soup or chili, shredded chicken and the most perfect hard boiled eggs. What I’ve been loving about the Instant Pot is that I can use it in almost the same way as a slow cooker, but in less half the time. For those with busy after-school schedules (like us!), it really helps get dinner on the table without worrying too much about leaving a slow cooker on all day.
We latinos love to celebrate eating traditional foods like this boiled yuca salad for Christmas. Yuca is a root also known as cassava. This root is very common in the Cuban cuisine and it is prepared in many several ways. Yuca is used as an alternative to potatoes and it is a great complement to a turkey meal or for serving with pork.
Did you know that Native Americans were growing sweet potatoes in America since before Columbus came in 1492? Sweet potatoes are a versatile veggie that can be added to a number of dishes, while also packing in a bunch of health benefits like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, manganese, fiber, complex carbohydrates and antioxidants.