by Diet Diva Tara Gidus
The biggest food holiday of the year is coming up next week! Here are delicious and nutritious ways to make sure we’re still getting our fruits and veggies in.
You know bananas for breakfast and lunch. But did you think about them for the holidays? Dole, the world’s largest banana provider, is going bananas for the holidays, and offering fun and healthy ways to enjoy America’s favorite fruit for Thanksgiving, Christmas and year-end celebrations.
Baked bananas on the holiday table can be as easy as the ten-minute Baked Bananas with Honey and Cinnamon – or as elaborate as Holiday Cranberry Banana Cheesecake.
Regardless of how you enjoy them, DOLE Bananas are a guilt-free, naturally sweet holiday treat that contain no fat, cholesterol or sodium. They are an excellent source of vitamins B6 and C and a good source of potassium and dietary fiber.
To see more creative holiday creations from Dole, go to www.dole.com/bananas.
A salad filled with the tastes of the season is a perfect addition to your holiday table – as well as a quick, easy and healthy entrée during the busy shopping season.
Dole offers 47 varieties of bagged salad blends and all-natural kits to make holiday meal-planning easy.
The newest sensation are the three DOLE Extra Veggie salads, which combine Dole’s most popular blends with generous servings of fresh veggies in their own Stay Fresh pouch to ensure maximum crunch and freshnes.
I love Dole’s concept of Salad’tude. It’s the idea that salad goes beyond food to encompass a range of positive emotions and experiences – from the familiarity of a family food tradition to the joy that comes from satisfying a specific taste or ingredient craving – which can be expressed through salad creation and sharing.
To see more creative holiday creations from Dole, go to www.dole.com/salads.
Dole worked with design and food expert Clinton Kelly to create a unique holiday salad based his own expression of Salad’tude: Clinton Kelly’s First Thanksgiving Salad.
What are you going to do with all of the leftover turkey? Repurpose it!
Make a delicious Blueberry-Cranberry Turkey Salad with DOLE blueberries. They are the perfect ingredient for holiday recipes, combining superfood nutrition and antioxidants with a taste the whole family loves. Dole is one of the world’s largest growers of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.
Make a soup! Tuscan Turkey and Pasta Soup using Dole’s Baby Garden Blend.
Natural Delights Medjool Dates
Caramel-like Medjool dates are the best-tasting, most luscious dates in the world – and a cherished holiday tradition.
Medjool date consumption triples during the holidays.
Known as the “Fruit of the Kings,” Medjools are one of nature’s most nutritious foods with many health benefits. They are filled with polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help protect the body against the oxidation and inflammation of cells that can lead to cancer. They are also rich in copper, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium and iron, which helps lower blood pressure.
Natural Delights, the country’s leading Medjool date brand, is offering new and nutritious ways to enjoy this naturally sweet and perfectly healthy fruit for the holidays. They are referred to as “the perfect treat.”
Dreamy Medjool Date Pudding
Five-Minute Stuffed Medjool Date
Blueberry-Cranberry Chicken Salad
Prep: 30 min.
Makes: 4 servings
- 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
- 1-1/2 cups DOLE® Blueberries
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped DOLE Celery
- 1/2 cup diced orange or red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1/2 cup lemon lowfat yogurt
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 pkg. (6 oz.) DOLE Butter Bliss or other DOLE Salad blend
- Combine chicken, blueberries, cranberries, celery, bell pepper and green onions in large bowl.
- Whisk together yogurt, mayonnaise and salt in small bowl. Gently fold into chicken-fruit mixture; chill.
- Arrange salad blend on small plates and spoon chicken-fruit mixture over salad.
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Nov 16, 2012 | No Comments