20 Healthy, Nutrient Dense Holiday Recipes - Mains, Appetizers, Side Dishes & Desserts

Holiday food gets a bad rap, don’t you think?

Generally, it’s because these dishes tend to be high in calories and filled with starchy carbohydrates, sugar and processed ingredients. Combine that with overeating to the point that our pants are tight, our gut hurts, and we pass out on the couch from a blood sugar crash… there you get your bad rap.

Speaking from experience, I used to prepare myself mentally for the overeating of heavy foods that would happen on the holidays because I knew I’d feel terrible after the meal, and for the weeks to follow, until I got myself back on track.

Here’s the good news! Holiday eating doesn’t have to go like this anymore. We can make some really delicious, whole food, low sugar, and nutrient dense foods that won’t send our bodies into a code red emergency.  We don’t have to feel terrible after the meal, or guilty for eating junk, or feeling like we set ourselves back.

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A year ago I was struggling with chronic fatigue, nausea, heart burn and extreme bloating. I spent most of my days in complete discomfort. It hurt to eat, it hurt to button my pants, I felt nauseous at times, and often just didn’t want to eat. When I did feel hungry, I’d eat a bite, and lose my appetite.

I woke feeling “hungover” every morning and had to talk myself into getting out of bed. The discussion in my head often went something like this… “you can do it, Heather, one leg off the bed, then the other, you can do it!”  I literally had to rip myself from the sheets most mornings.  While my mind was awake, my body just couldn’t physically move.  

Over the previous 18-month period, I also mysteriously gain 10 pounds, even though I was exercising and hadn’t really changed my diet.  Needless to say, I was frustrated and wasn’t feeling very confident in my skin. 

I also was struggling...

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