Food & Nutrition

13 Holiday Foods That Are Actually Good for You

Healthy eating over the holidays doesn’t have to be impossible. In fact, you’re likely already eating some of the best foods for your weight and health without even knowing it. Here, nutritionists dish on which festive foods won’t wreck your waistline this season.

Brussels sprouts

Fresh brussel sprouts over rustic wooden texture. Top view.Yuliya Gontar/Shutterstock

This vegetable is high in fiber, says Neda Varbanova of Healthy with Nedi, who has a master’s degree in food studies and is a certified culinary nutritionist and holistic health coach. This means that filling up on them will keep you satiated for longer and promote healthy digestion. Plus, one cup contains all of your daily requirements for immune-boosting vitamins K and C, Varbanova adds. While your diet is definitely important, check out these 50 ways to have your healthiest holiday ever.


Fresh white heads cleaned cauliflower in a wicker basket for cauliflower. Rustic gray wooden background. Top view, blank space.Sergey Fatin/Shutterstock

Cauliflower is the perfect side for non-meat eaters, according to Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN of Maya Feller Nutrition. “It’s an excellent source of plant-based protein in addition to having fiber and vitamins K, C, and also vitamin B6, which helps with brain development and helps the body make the good mood hormone serotonin.” Check out these other seasonal superfoods you might not be eating.

Acorn squash

High angle view of an Acorn Squash cut in half on a metal baking sheet with a spoon and seeds scooped out.Steve Cukrov/Shutterstock

“Acorn squash contains a bioavailable form of beta-carotene—a pigment known to protect against heart disease and cancers,” says Varbanova. “It’s also an anti-inflammatory food, which helps to fight chronic inflammation.” Everything from asthma to rheumatoid arthritis is considered inflammatory conditions, and piling your plate up with acorn squash can help reduce your flare-ups and symptoms. Find out what to eat before a holiday party, so you don’t go overboard with your diet (or lack thereof).

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