Santa’s Get-Skinny-Quick Secret: Holiday Salads

One of the easiest ways to stay trim and healthy over the holiday season is also the most obvious: eat more vegetables.

The more vegetables you eat, the less room you have in your stomach for fattier, starchier foods. And heck, you might even enjoy eating them, too. Imagine that!

Seasonal holiday salads are perhaps my favorite of all throughout the year, as they contain a sweet and spiced mixture of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and herbs. The holidays are all about vibrant colors, zesty flavors, and warming spices. Put those same elements into your  salads, and you’ll be going for seconds–of all the right foods.

A great holiday salad consists of greens (bitter, dark leafy, or lettuces are all appropriate), seasonal fruits (such as grapefruits, pomegranates, and cranberries), roasted nuts, crispy pears or apples, and lots of herbs and spices. Parsley, cilantro, and mint are great light herbs to use, while thyme, rosemary, and sage are tasty strong herbs to try out. Finish the salad off with a sprinkling of crumbly cheese, such as feta or blue, and your holiday salad is complete. And completely healthy.

Here are a few ideas to jump start your holiday salad bonanza:

1) Kale with Cranberries, Elana’s Pantry

2) Holiday Pear Pecan Salad,

3) Roasted Pumpkin Salad, 101 Cookbooks

4) Holiday Salad, Food Network

5) Christmas Eve Salad,

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