The season of hosting is here! I have festive meal options to help you strike a balance between delicious and nutritious this holiday season. First, between the parties and gatherings, be sure to stay nourished for all the days in between starting with breakfast.
First, wake up to something festive and delicious with make-ahead overnight holiday nog oats. To a jar, add ½ cup of rolled oats, 1 tbsp of cia seeds, and the ingredinets that bring it to life… ½ a container of Chobani® Greek Yogurt Spiced Holiday Nog and ½ cup of Chobani® Oat Nog. Place in the fridge overnight. Chobani is my go-to for festive, holiday flavors that are delicious and wholesome.New this season is Chobani® Greek Yogurt Spiced Holiday Nog, a creamy holiday Greek Yogurt with notes of warming spices that’s a good source of protein and calcium. It’s delicious on its own or it can be your secret ingredient in holiday dishes this season. Also back on shelves this season is Chobani® Oat Nog, a creamy, non-dairy holiday drink made with the goodness of gluten free oats. It’s a convenient, egg-nog alternative and perfect for festive holiday mock or cocktails.
Next, stay stocked up with nutritious meal options during the busy holiday season to keep nourished between all the holiday fun and festivities. Ready in minutes, the new LEAN CUISINE Balance Bowls are made with quality, well-balanced ingredients and deliver bold flavor in four delicious and nutritious varieties that contain 400 calories or less and 0g of added sugar. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. LEAN CUISINE Balance Bowls were crafted alongside members of the American Diabetes Association to be the first frozen entrées to meet the organization’s Better Choices for Life nutrition criteria for calories, sodium, total carbohydrates and more as indicated by the ADA Better Choice for Life seal on — a simple way to identify products suitable for someone looking to manage their diabetes through appropriate dietary choices. You can find them at major retails including Walmart and Target.
Next, serve up nutritious side dishes at your holiday gatherings like my warm roasted veggie orzo salad. Roast the veggies, cooking the orzo under tender and toss together with a simple lemon olive oil dressing and toasted pistachios. Pistachios are one of the few plant-based sources of complete protein with 6 grams in each serving. They also contain healthy fat and are a good source of fiber. A recent study out of Cornell University found that pistachios are very high in antioxidants. In fact, the level of antioxidants in pistachios rival that of other popular foods commonly thought of as high in antioxidants – including pomegranates, blueberries and red wine.
And it’s not the holiday season without something sweet! Enjoy the flavor-packed sweetness of fall apples with these spiced apple dumplings. Start by peeling and coring your apples and wrapping in pie dough. Top the apples with a mixture of apple cider, butter and date sugar and top with additional date sugar before baking. Autumn Glory apples are the perfect fall apple for this recipe – crunchy and sweet with flavor notes of cinnamon and caramel. Autumn Glory apples are grown exclusively by Superfresh Growers, a sixth-generation family-owned company.You can find them locally at Walmart, Aldi and Kroger as well as Whole Foods and Target.