We’re officially in the holiday spirit and thinking of all the deliciousness that will grace our tables over the next couple of weeks. Thinking of holiday recipes to include this year? You may see the usual suspects like bacon-wrapped dates, cheeseballs, and spinach artichoke dips, but we wanted to think a little outside of the box when it came to serving up a holiday meal.
While we want to continue to make choices that benefit our joint health, we don’t want to sacrifice taste. Whether you’re looking to bring an appetizer and a dessert or are in charge of the full spread, we’ve got you covered with our ideal menu.
Appetizer • Bruschetta
Typically enjoyed during the warmer months, bruschetta can still shine this holiday season. The incredibly flavorful bite incorporates ingredients that are made to help with joint health and keep inflammation at bay. The juicy tomato base is dressed in extra-virgin olive oil and plenty of garlic. Both ingredients are top on the list of healthy foods for your joints.
Main • Honey Mustard Baked Salmon
While this is a delicious dish to add to your holiday table, it can be a crowd-pleaser all year round. Not only is this dish packed with flavor, but it’s also actually packed with Omega-3 fatty acids. This source works to reduce inflammation which is great for keeping those joints in good shape.
Side • Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad
This simple salad tastes anything but simple. It features the perfect balance of salty, sweet, chewy, and crunchy. Being in the cruciferous vegetable family, one of the great things about brussel sprouts is their ability to assist with eliminating the swelling of joints. Topped with olive oil and almonds, this salad has all the makings for a joint healthy side (or main), all while making your taste buds sing.
Dessert • Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates
Switch it up from the traditional cookie or fruitcake for the holidays and opt for this tasty treat. The date has a caramel taste and texture and when you pair it with your favorite nut butter and dark chocolate, you create a healthier dessert. It almost mimics a Snickers bar (and who doesn’t love those?). A perfect way to get in those dark chocolate benefits without getting a total sugar rush!
Apéritif • Blueberry Gin & Sage Punch
If you’re looking to add a festive cocktail to your spread, might we suggest one chock full of blueberries? While most fruits have anti-inflammatory properties, the blueberry has the ability to ease pain; all while tasting delicious! This refreshing make-ahead punch is sure to delight all guests!
Will one of these holiday recipes be making an appearance at your festivities this year?
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