Holiday Foods That Are Actually Good for You

1. Brussels sprouts

Neda Varbanova of Healthier with Nedi, a licensed gourmet dietitian and holistic wellness consultant with a master's degree in food studies. 

2. Cauliflower

Cauliflower is the ideal side dish for vegetarians, says Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN of Maya Feller Nutrition.


Take a peek at these 25 creative cauliflower cooking methods.

3. Acorn squash

An antioxidant known to protect against cardiovascular disease and malignancy.

Acorn squash

It is also a healing substance that aids in the fight against chronic inflammation. 

4. Pomegranate

Consider using pomegranate seeds as an alternative to bacon when cooking Brussels sprouts.

5. Turkey

Consider incorporating this bird into your holiday dishes even after Thanksgiving.

6. Collard greens

This moderate green is recommended by Feller as a sautéed, stewed, or steamed side dish.