5 Best (and Worst) Holiday Foods
Healthy Holiday Guide
Don't let that curb your merriment, though. There are plenty of good-for-you foods lurking in between the calorie bombs. Here's our guide to good-for-you holiday dishes…and foods you'll want to avoid.
Best: Sweet Potatoes
They were on to something. Cranberries are low in calories and rich in fiber, and potassium, which makes them a perfect part of a healthy diet. In addition, these pretty little berries contain unique compounds with antibacterial properties that may help prevent urinary tract infections.
Choose dark chocolate containing at least 70 percent cocoa solids. Those contain higher levels of the antioxidant flavonoids responsible for its heath benefits. Several long-term studies have found that this type of dark chocolate may help lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol).
Worst: Creamy Soups
Worst: Mashed Potatoes
Best: Green Beans
Worst: Pecan Pie