Healthy Holiday Dishes to Spread Joy This Season
Culinary secrets and tips for making everything from mocktails and snack boards to the entrée and dessert
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
November 29, 2023
It’s the season to celebrate good food and good health, and we are sharing some delicious and creative ways to make your holiday food healthier.
Mocktail: The Pom Jewel
First up, the Wonderful Company is great because they have high-quality products that are so versatile, so let’s start by raising a glass. We love to find drinks that are hydrating and healthy. The Pom Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice spreads so much more than holiday cheer because, in every serving, there are 700 mg of polyphenol antioxidants, plus the juice is made from whole-pressed pomegranates to release the polyphenols in the rind, pith, and arils—all with no fillers and never any added sugars. We made a mocktail with 4 oz 100% Pom Wonderful Pomegranate juice, ½ oz orange juice, 1.2 oz of cinnamon simple syrup, and a splash of sparking water, then garnished it with Pom arils.
Appetizer: Glow-Up Holiday Snack Board
To pair with this drink, who doesn’t love a snack board? We have a Glow-Up Holiday Snack Board with complete protein thanks to Wonderful Pistachios and polyphenol antioxidants from the Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Arils.
A delicious way to enjoy a good source of protein from pistachios is to make it into a nut butter and serve it on roasted sweet potato slices or alongside cut fruit, veggies, and crackers. And because Wonderful Pistachios come in so many fun flavors, you could make the nut butter on the sweet side by using their honey roasted or on the savory side with their lightly salted.
An in-shell serving gives you 49 pistachios—more than twice as many nuts per serving of almonds and cashews. Plus, there are 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving, and about 90% of the fats are unsaturated, providing that trio of nutrients that may help keep you fuller longer.
Also, a great addition to your snack board is lollipop cheese bites that will wow in the aesthetics department but also help you win in terms of nutrition because they are coated with Wonderful Pistachios, which are a complete protein, meaning they provide all nine essential amino acids.
A bonus is that the Pom Arils not only look like eye candy when garnishing different treats but also contain 5 grams of fiber per serving. You can even use them to make a quick pickled relish, which only takes 30 minutes and amps up the zest to your snack board.
Entrée: Cacio e Pepe
When it comes to entrees, Wonderful Pistachios Cacio e Pepe, made with their No Shells Sea Salt and Pepper, is a new flavor this year, with pecorino romano and parmesan in the sauce, topped with crushed sea salt and pepper pistachios. It provides 19 grams of protein in each serving.
Dessert: Dark Chocolate Pom Wonderful Tarts
Lastly, no holiday meal is complete without dessert—like tarts with arils and reduced Pom Wonderful 100% Pomegranate juice. Pom has tested its pomegranate juice antioxidants during cooking, and results show that it maintains its antioxidant punch even when cooked, so it’s a no-brainer way to add. Plus, the bite-sized portions are also a fun way to satisfy your sweet tooth without having to store a whole pie or cake in your fridge.