This time of the year it can be SO hard to stay on track. One of the biggest challenges our patients face are those holiday parties. When you are having holiday fun it can be easy to fill your plate with foods that make you happy rather than fuel your body with the proper nutrients you need to thrive. Well I am here to provide recipes that will not only taste good, but also make you FEEL good.

Caprese Skewers

Colorful, delicious, and nutritious. These are a win! A quick and easy recipe for a holiday party. All you have to do is place the ingredients on the skewer and Wah-La! This holiday appetizer contains mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. Mozzarella is a great source of calcium which is important for bone health. Tomatoes are a great source of vitamins A, C, K, and potassium, and the basil is an herb that has great anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoy a skewer to look and feel good!

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Butternut Squash Salad with Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Pecans, and Cranberries.

Impress all your friends with this beautiful dish. It is bursting with color and flavor. Brussel sprouts and butternut squash make a great combination. Brussel Sprouts contain fiber which can help regulate blood sugars, cholesterol, and more! Butternut squash is a great source of vitamin A which is great for eye, skin, and immune health. Remember, the more colors you can fill on your plate, the better (as long as they are fruits and vegetables)!

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Whipped Goat Cheese Pomegranate Bites

Looking for a fancy finger food that will also impress all of your friends? Pomegranates are a great option to sprinkle on your holiday foods. They are colorful and contain antioxidants which may help prevent free radical damage. There is also research that pomegranates can help with work out recovery. Early research studies suggest the possibility that pomegranate polyphenol antioxidants may even help with memory and cognition.

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Christmas Deviled Eggs

Looking for a colorful protein packed option? Try making the most Christmassy protein option I have ever seen. Use food coloring to dye the eggs red, white, and green. It couldn’t be a better dish to bring to your Christmas party this year. Eggs are a powerhouse when it comes to their nutrient content. They contain protein, Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are both great for eye health, choline which is great for brain health, and many other beneficialnutrients.

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Baked Pears With Honey, Pecans, and Cranberries

Are you in charge of bringing a dessert this year? Do not let that get you off track on your goals. Pears provide a great amount of fiber. Fiber can help you stay fuller longer and help maintain good overall health. Cranberries (another powerhouse) are filled with vitamins and have many protective compounds especially when it comes to urinary health. This recipe is also looks so festive and delicious — a must try!

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Do you have a healthy holiday party favorite or family recipe you pull out every year? Let us know!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nicole is a licensed and registered dietitian at Forever Fit. Nicole’s mission is to use her extensive knowledge to help each of her patients lose and keep off the weight