Thanksgiving gets a bad rap for being an unhealthy, belly-busting indulgence, but the reality is that there are so many ways to work nourishing food into this delicious day. While there is no strict definition of a “superfood”, we give this title to certain ingredients that stand out as extremely nutrient dense. Adding them to your Whole Foods Market holiday meal can be simple, for example:
- Add pureed cauliflower to your mashed potatoes to lower calories and boost nutrition without affecting the taste.
- Use chia seeds to thicken your cranberry sauce naturally, plus it will add fiber and healthy fat.
- Use bone broth in place of chicken stock in any recipe.
- Add pomegranate seeds to the top of everything! From salad to sweet potatoes it will make everything look more festive and this little seed packs a big antioxidant punch.
Side dishes are the perfect place to experiment with healthy ingredients, below is a super easy recipe from Whole Foods Market.
ZESTY SPICED CAULIFLOWER
In this recipe, cauliflower’s earthy flavor is enhanced by the mild bite of cumin and turmeric.
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
6 cups (1-inch) cauliflower florets
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
Salt to taste
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add cumin and toast, shaking the skillet often, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add cauliflower, pour water over the top and immediately cover skillet. Reduce heat to medium and cook, tossing the cauliflower halfway through, until tender and water is mostly absorbed, about 10 minutes. Add oil, turmeric and salt, toss well and serve.
Per Serving: 70 calories (45 from fat), 5g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 15mg sodium, 4g carbohydrates, (2 g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 2g protein.