4 Healthy Holiday Recipe Substitutions

December 9, 2016
All of us here at Santevia are gearing up for the holiday season. We’ve compiled a list of our best recipes.

The holidays are a time to relax and have fun, but that doesn’t mean that all of your health goals should just fly out the window. Christmas meals are a great opportunity to show everyone at the table how easy (read: yummy) it can be to eat healthy. You don’t have to sacrifice taste and flavour in order to have a nutritious dinner! So before your reach for the butter and sugar, take a quick look through a few alkaline alternatives to the standard Christmas dinner sides.


Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

Instead of: Mashed Potatoes

You might have hated them as a kid, but these small bundles of green are packed with tons of great nutrients; Vitamin C will keep your cells healthy, preventing heart disease and cancer, and the fiber in these little sprouts will lower your cholesterol levels and keep your digestive system working properly. Pair them with sweet potatoes and it’ll keep stress at bay this holiday season; sweet potatoes are high in magnesium, which is known as the relaxation mineral.

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Orange Cranberry Relish

Instead of: Cranberry Sauce

I bet you thought that relish was just for burgers – but not anymore. Swap out your grandma’s cranberry sauce recipe for a much healthier version of the topping: Instead of a can-full of sugary, processed cranberry(ish) sauce, make your own relish using fresh cranberry and ripe oranges. Cranberries are at the top of the list health-wise (and taste-wise): these little berries pack a punch of antioxidants that will fight off free radicals and lower your risk of developing harmful diseases like cancer. Not to mention oranges, which areknown for their outrageous vitamin C content, these juicy fruits are also highly alkaline.

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Walnut Kale Quinoa Stuffing

Instead of: Store Bought Stuffing

Come on, you should’ve known that we would find a way to sneak kale onto this list. After all it is the superfood; the holy grail of all things healthy. Okay, maybe we’re exaggerating a bit, but it is delicious and – the best part! – in season around Christmas. The fiber, potatassium,  vitamin C and B6 found in kale support heart health; the chlorophyll inhibits cancer growth; and the vitamin K aids in bone health. Mix in some heart-healthy quinoa, and you’ve got a complete protein. This side dish is not only delicious and alkaline, but you can eat it all by itself.

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Spiced Hot Fruit Bake

Instead of: Pumpkin Pie

The best way to finish off a great meal is with an even better dessert. But that doesn’t mean that it needs to be loaded with fat, sugar and other acidic ingredients. The best foods are ones that you can grow in the earth, and (better yet!) are grown in your local area. Grab some winter fruit and toss in some nutritious spices to create a well rounded holiday dessert. Cinnamon is amazing because it can lower your risk of developing heart disease, as well as lowering blood sugar levels. Nutmeg is packed with trace minerals that will keep your immune system strong, and our favourite part about this seasonal spice? It will help you catch some Zs, which is definitely what you’re going to need after spending the day cooking for your whole family.

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Our best tip that we can give you this holiday season: stay hydrated with mineralized, alkaline water. Keep an alkaline water pitcher on the dinner table, and a glass of clean water by your side throughout the entire holiday season. Stop by our online store to check out gift packages that are perfect for you and your entire family.

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This post was written by Makena Anderson

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