The festive season is here! Christmas is right around the corner, and the scramble for Christmas food ideas begins. But, unfortunately, the traditional festive foods are often the reason people’s diet of the year comes to an end. Fortunately, various superfoods will make Christmas dinner this year healthier and tastier! But don’t worry, there’s no need to discard your Christmas dinner plan; those delicious Christmas sausages from our favourite, The Sausage Man, will still be the star of the dinner table this year.
Who else is feeling a little peckish?
Appetisers are the perfect remedy for the grumbles we feel in our stomachs during the hours leading to the main course of the evening; fortunately, there are many ways to incorporate some healthy superfoods into your finger foods. Appetisers are often small food items such as fruit and cheese, and these can be given a healthier twist with some superfoods. For example, berries are the perfect superfood as they are high in fibre; however, they are still considered a sweet treat. So adding your favourite berries to the mix will give your appetisers a bit of colour and your guests a healthy snack.
Traditionally, a roast turkey or sausages with a variety of vegetables is the star of every Christmas dinner. It is customary to use coconut or sunflower seed oil to cook these foods; however, olive oil is a great alternative. Olive oil is a superfood far healthier than our traditional cooking oils. In addition, olive oil has Vitamin E and those healthy fats our bodies need, plus it has a delicious flavour that makes it the perfect salad dressing. Therefore, olive oil is the ultimate superfood to incorporate into the delicious main course of the year.
Christmas dinner isn’t the same without a side of roasted vegetables. Some roast potatoes are classic; however, adding superfoods will make your vegetable roast healthier and tastier. Mushrooms, carrots, and broccoli are excellent superfoods that add variety to your roast. Garlic and onions are perfect examples of superfoods that will give your dinner an abundance of flavour. Regarding our classic potatoes, sweet potatoes are a delicious superfood.
Herbs and spices are a great way to amplify every meal. For example, herbs such as basil and sage are the perfect superfoods to enhance your Christmas dinner’s red meat or poultry section. For the roast vegetables, consider adding herbs such as thyme and rosemary. Spices such as turmeric and ginger are flexible, which means you can use them in any part of your meal you’d like to enhance.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Overall, adding a variety of superfoods to your Christmas dinner will guarantee a healthier and tastier meal. Many superfoods will gift your main course with extra flavour and variety. So remember to incorporate a few superfoods into the most wonderful time of the year.