Holiday Foods That Are Actually Good For You

Woman having a salad

With the festive season upon us, we are all likely to end up indulging in our favorite holiday foods, maybe making a small effort to stay away from the unhealthiest dishes of them all. However, some of your favorite foods are absolutely packed with nutrition and health benefits, making them worth the extra helping! Let’s take a look at some of the traditional holiday foods that are actually good for you.

Turkey for a holiday dinner

Turkey
Turkey is a fantastic source of protein, with one serving providing half of the recommended daily amount of folic acid, as well as plenty of vitamin B, potassium and zinc. Eating a high-quality protein such as turkey also triggers satiety, meaning that you will feel fuller, faster, making you less likely to indulge in the unhealthier options. Unless your turkey is deep fried or smothered in gravy, this meat is actually quite good for you, although we would recommend trimming off some of the skin before eating, as this is where most of the fat and calories are contained.

Sweet potates.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes, unless they’re covered in butter or marshmallows, are one of the healthiest vegetables out there. We suggest roasting them, as this gives them an intense flavor without the need for unhealthy fats. Sweet potatoes are packed with fiber, potassium, vitamin A and phytochemicals, all of which help to keep aging, arthritis and cancer at bay. They are also an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, so be sure to have a sweet potato dish on your table this year!

Cranberry sauce and chicken breast.

Cranberries
In addition to being low in calories and rich in fiber and potassium, cranberries also contain powerful disease-fighting antioxidants. They also contain unique compounds that have antibacterial properties, enabling them to prevent urinary tract infections. However, since cranberries are naturally low in sugar and have quite a tart taste, most recipes that utilize them require quite a large quantity of sugar to be included. We suggest replacing the sugar with a healthier alternative, such as honey or even other fruits.

Woman drinking hot cocoa

Cocoa
There is nothing quite like a mug of hot cocoa on a cold winter night, and this experience is now going to be even more enjoyable with the knowledge that cocoa is actually good for you. Experts advise that a small piece of chocolate each day, usually about 30 calories worth, significantly lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. We recommend using dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids, as these contain much higher levels of the antioxidants that bring about these brilliant health benefits.

Now that you are aware of the holiday foods that are actually good for you, you won’t need to feel bad about that extra slice of turkey or that extra helping of sweet potatoes. Don’t forget that there are many other popular holiday foods that also have some great health benefits, from cinnamon to pecans to green beans, and with a little bit of planning, it won’t be too difficult to make your holiday feast the healthiest, but tastiest, one you’ve had yet!

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Top Skin Clearing Foods

Taking care of your body is an integral part of skin care. Eating the right foods helps ensure your body has all the right nutrients to support full body health. Everyone knows this, but many people fail to practice it. If you need extra motivation for adopting a better diet, OROGOLD has a few suggestions for a healthier diet that will contribute on helping clear and repair your skin. All of these suggestions do fall under general rules for a healthier diet, but the compounds in their foods are used frequently in skin care products specifically because the industry knows how good they are for your skin.

Fresh salad

Dark, Leafy Greens
Kale, broccoli, and certain kinds of lettuce all fall under this general group of foods and they’re there for a reason. Dark, leafy greens are absolutely packed full of nutrients good for your body. The ones we’re most interested in though are vitamins A and C. These vegetables are absolutely full of them. Both vitamins are known for promoting collagen growth in the skin and improving your skin’s resistance to damage. That these vegetables come in a wide variety of textures and flavors makes them even easier to incorporate into a diet by adding them to some of your favorite dishes.

Citrus fruits.

Citrus
If greens aren’t your favorite kind of food, then you can try eating a bit more fruit instead. Citrus fruit, much like greens, has plenty of nutrients for your skin. The one you’re most likely to think of immediately is vitamin C. Every citrus fruit as vitamin C in abundance, but what you don’t know is there is a lot of overlap in nutrients between citrus and leafy greens. Now there really isn’t a citrus equivalent for kale’s status as a superfood, but you can still get many of the same nutrients by having a nice grapefruit for breakfast or snacking on an orange in the afternoon.

Dark chocolate on a wooden table.

Dark Chocolate
If you ever needed proof that nature loves you and wants you to be healthy, dark chocolate is proof. Flavonols are fond in great abundance in dark chocolate. These antioxidants help fight free radical damage in the body and the skin. More specifically, antioxidants are known for helping combat the visual effects of aging when your diet has a ready supply. We do advise aware of specific facts before reaching for the first bar of dark chocolate you find. The chocolate really does need to be dark chocolate and have a high concentration of cacao in it. Additionally, don’t go overboard. Chocolate is good for your skin, but it includes plenty of sugars and other things that aren’t as good for you. Do have a bit of dark chocolate regularly, but don’t make it a full bar.

Taking proper care of yourself is the first step towards good skin care. When considering changes to your diet like the ones OROGOLD suggests, don’t forget to also consider talking to your doctor about an exercise routine as well. Improving your body’s total health will improve your skin and not relying on a single change to help with your skin care means you’re more likely to get noticeable results sooner. As one last rule, just try drinking more pure water instead of other things. This alone can help your body and skin a great deal.

Healthy Alternatives to Everyday Snacks – OROGOLD Reviews

No matter how strict you are with your diet, it is almost impossible to avoid unhealthy foods, and many of us end up giving in to temptation when hit with a particular snack-food craving. Many popular snacks are high in sugar and fat, and although they may temporarily satisfy you, they also aren’t doing you any good. Although making healthy alternatives to your favorite snacks may be slightly more time consuming, not only will you feel better about eating them, but they are also likely to be beneficial to your body in a way that packaged snacks are not. OROGOLD helps you choose from the best healthy alternatives to everyday snacks.

Woman having a dark chocolate.

Dark Chocolate
Chocolate is one of those treats that many find extremely difficult to give up, but with popular chocolate bars containing so much sugar and saturated fats, many people still give it their best shot. Rather than trying to completely cut chocolate out of your diet, opt for an organic dark chocolate instead. These are naturally dairy-free, contain no additives, and have a high cocoa content, meaning that you won’t need to eat as much to satisfy your chocolate craving.

Bowl of homemade baked fries.

Baked Fries
Rather than snacking on deep-fried french fries, try baking your own fries at home. Sweet potatoes make excellent fries, giving you a boost of vitamin A at the same time. For something even quicker, cut potatoes into thick wedges and go heavy on the seasoning, adding some paprika or cayenne pepper as well. After baking them in the oven, you will have a tray of delicious yet healthy spiced potato wedges to eat.

Bowl of baked kale chips.

Baked Kale Chips
These are extremely quick to make, and a whole tray can be baked in just five minutes. One of the best things about kale chips are that they take on other flavors extremely well, whether it be lemon-basil, spicy miso, or just a generous sprinkle of sea salt. Their delicious crunchiness is definitely addictive, but it does not matter how many you eat, as kale is a healthy super-food that will give your body high doses of vitamin K.

Bowl of Japansese Miso Soup .

Miso Soup with Buckwheat Noodles
Just one package of ramen can contain up to 400 calories, and are usually full of MSG, an additive that is known to cause nerve damage. By keeping your cupboards stocked with a few simple ingredients that you can buy at most stores, you will be able to make a quick noodle dish that will satisfy you much more than a bowl of instant ramen. All you need to do is mix some miso paste with some cooked buckwheat noodles, a dash of soy sauce, and any other vegetables, meats or herbs you happen to have in your kitchen. Simmer the soup until the paste has dissolved, and you will be enjoying a tasty meal in no time at all.

If you have other favorite snacks that you are trying to give up, the internet is a great resource to find a whole variety of healthy alternatives. Not only will you feel the difference in your body after opting for healthier snacks, but you can also make many of them in bulk, giving yourself leftovers that you can snack on for the next few days.