Add some festive color to your holiday feast with nutritious side dishes!

posted Nov 18, 2011, 7:12 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 10:23 AM by Mike Chen ]
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Many traditional holiday meals give meat star billing, but making side dishes the main attractions of your plate can help you reap the rewards of good-for-you phytonutrients, chemical compounds in fruits and vegetables that have unbeatable health benefits.

Add these three popular holiday side dishes to your plate and enjoy the taste and healthy rewards:

Cranberries contain ellagic acid, a strong antioxidant that supports immune and cell health. Try to prepare cranberries with minimal sugar and let their natural flavor and juiciness complement your main course.

Squash, sweet potatoes, and mixed root vegetables typically contain significant quantities of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin, which are all known as provitamin A carotenoids. These nutrients can be converted by the body to vitamin A and support vision health, help to maintain skin hydration, support healthy immune function, and offer cell protection. Roast these earthy, sweet, and nutty veggies with a touch of olive oil and garnish with herbs like rosemary or thyme to bring out their unique tastes. Try to avoid a lot of butter in the preparation.

Green beans provide lutein, an antioxidant that’s been shown to support vision health. Prepare beans with slivered almonds for a dose of heart-healthy fat.

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