Christmas survival eating guide

Healthy holiday foods

Brussels sprouts

It's no surprise that Brussel sprouts look like perfect miniature versions of cabbage, since they are closely related. Brussels sprouts are available year round; however, they are at their best from autumn through early spring when they are at the peak of their growing season.

Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C. In addition, a cup of Brussels sprouts contains a whopping 1122 IU of vitamin A, plus 669 IU of beta-carotene, both of which play important roles in defending the body against infection and promoting supple, glowing skin. Brussels sprouts are also high in fibre.

Cranberries

Cranberries are packed with vitamin C and provide a fair amount of dietary fibre and manganese. Cranberries also contain a compound that can prevent the development of urinary tract infections.

Turkey

In addition to being an excellent source of protein, turkey offers the least amount of fat per serving, among all other meats, if you pass on the skin.

Green beans

Green beans are probably one of the healthiest holiday foods out there. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K (important in bone health ), and manganese. They also contain a good amount of vitamin A, dietary fibre, potassium, folate, and iron.

From the Department of Community Nutrition & Dietetics, HSE Dublin-Mid Leinster. Email [email protected] or tel (044 ) 9353220.

 

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