Celebrating with Delicious, Nutrient-Dense Holiday Meals -- By Amy Bousman

As a home-chef whose food is sought out at family and community gatherings, I have learned a thing of two about stalking out solid recipes to cook and share with my loved ones that are both delicious and nutritious. Good food doesn’t have to taste bad, and in my personal case, so long as I’m utilizing high-quality ingredients recipes, it rarely ever does.

Although COVID has turned our traditional holiday gatherings on its head, that doesn’t mean that we should forego nourishing ourselves and those in our inner circle. In fact, deep nourishment is the most beautiful gift you can give yourself during this unusual season.

Consuming nutrient-dense foods supports every cell in your body and gives a much-needed boost to your immune system. Plus, nutrient-dense foods will give your body long-lasting energy, which means you will fill up faster with healthier foods, as opposed to dealing with fast-burning sugars and dips in energy.

Holidays don’t have to be filled with processed sugars and unhealthy fats. Dealing with post-holiday bloating, inflammation and low energy is a thing of the past for me, and my disease-fighting potential is the better for it.

Here are a few of my FAVORITE blogs and resources for seeking out nutrient-dense, super tasty holiday foods:

  • For the tastiest ever cranberry sauce: https://againstallgrain.com/2017/12/06/paleo-cranberry-sauce-recipe/​. Danielle has an abundance of wholesome, yummy recipes; I’d encourage you to explore her site.

  • The pumpkin pie I’ll be making this year: https://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-blog/a-new-pumpkin-pie-recipe-for-thanksgiving/​. I make my own grain-free crust and top the pie with homemade whipped cream (using organic whipping cream, maple syrup and vanilla). Similar to Danielle’s site, Primal Palate is overflowing with fantastic recipes. I’ve never been di