SPECIAL meal is a no-brainer especially when it comes to spending time with family and friends and an opportunity to get creative when it comes to your healthy feast. You can still enjoy a wonderful feast!  It doesn’t have to be eight different side dishes or an expensive cut of meat. Whether you’re planning a casual gathering or a five star meal, here are some healthy and flavorful holiday Plan-friendly ideas:

  • Lean chicken breast. Leave the turkey in November and opt for a lean white meat chicken breast instead. Make sure it’s skinless and bake it with your favorite herbs, like rosemary or thyme, to help keep the calories at a minimum.
  • Broth based soup. Begin your meal with a healthy appetizer, like a broth-based soup full of vegetables and lean protein. Skip the noodles and opt for extra green veggies, like kale or zucchini, instead.
  • Mix up your salad. Think outside of the box and try a new salad recipe this holiday season. Instead of lettuce, try a spinach or kale base and add some asparagus or cauliflower. Keep some pumpkin seeds or roasted sliced almonds on the side for a healthy fat option.
  • Roasted vegetables. Can’t decide on just one or two vegetables side dishes? Roast your broccoli, green beans, and asparagus all together with a touch of your favorite seasonings for a healthy green vegetable medley.

By changing up your menu, you could be starting a new tradition for you and your loved ones to enjoy!

Ask me, your OPTAVIA Coach, about other tips for creating a healthy special menu on your journey to Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time®.


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