Our Favorite Nourishing Holiday Recipes

Looking for some nourishing holiday recipes to include on your menu this year?

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite options that are made from nutrient-dense whole foods. All of our recipes are also free of dairy and gluten for those with sensitivities who need variations of some traditional recipes!

It’s great to enjoy the original versions of these recipes — no matter what the ingredients are. But sometimes, you need a nourishing option for one reason or another. It’s about being intentional and having a balanced mindset!

Find that area right in the middle — where you’re nourishing yourself and also having space to experience joy around your food experience.

Here you’ll find a few holiday recipes that are great nourishing choices. These are all easy to make and store well for leftovers!

How to Make Balanced Meals Throughout the Holidays

One way to bring more balance to

How to Stop Overeating During the Holidays

Do you often find yourself overeating during the holidays? If so, you’re not alone, and we can help. Keep reading to learn how to stop overeating during the holidays.

The holidays come around every year, and with them comes an influx of emotions. Some are exciting and nostalgic, while others are more overwhelming and stressful. Because of this, navigating food and nutrition during this time can be particularly difficult. 

This year, by simply implementing a few tips and tricks from a registered dietitian, you can set yourself up for success and avoid overeating this holiday season. 

Overeating During the Holidays 

So why does it happen? In actuality, there are quite a few reasons. The holidays generally call for celebration, and the celebration usually means social gatherings. And what do we often find at social gatherings? Food!

Additionally, there are usually nostalgic traditions that the holidays bring about as well, which

One Daily Cup of Blueberries Found to Improve Cognition

Blueberries can significantly improve cognitive performance within hours of consumption.

When you search the medical literature for studies on berries, papers like this pop up: “A 3-Week-Old With an Isolated ‘Blueberry Muffin’ Rash.” Or, you’ll see pictures of strawberry tongues or read about a way to describe the appearance of stool, though “stools truly resembling currant jelly” are not very common. What is it with pathologists’ love affair with food terminology? The grossest may be the way amoeba chest infections are described—“expectoration of ‘anchovy sauce-like’ pus,” which sounds gross even without the pus.

There are actual studies on berry supplementation, such as how they can mitigate the negative effects of a high saturated fat diet on the brain and behavior, but that one in particular was in mice. Maybe a better way to mitigate would be not feeding your pet mouse a stick of butter in the first place.

Natural Treatment for Breast Engorgement

Cabbage is put to the test in a randomized controlled trial.

My video Benefits of Cabbage Leaves for Relief of Engorged Breasts opens with a photo published in the British Medical Journal of a woman with a cabbage leaf taped onto her knee to help with her osteoarthritis. In response to that picture, doctors wrote in to the editor, asserting that cabbage leaves can help inflammation of any body part. “You may even find that there is a cache of cabbage in the fridge of your local maternity unit.” Why? Not only is cabbage “cheaper than any of the exciting gel filled pouches you can buy,” but knees are not the only “anatomical shapes” that “the leaves conform well to.”

Breast engorgement, when the breasts become overfilled with milk during breastfeeding and become hard, tight, and painful, can negatively impact both mother and infant alike. So, why not put cabbage

Lung Inflammation Smoking Cannabis vs. Cocaine vs. Tobacco

There is unequivocal evidence that regular cannabis smoking causes acute lung inflammation, but what are the long-term consequences?

“There is unequivocal evidence that habitual or regular marijuana smoking is not harmless and causes respiratory symptoms and airway inflammation.” As you can see below and at 0:24 in my video Effects of Smoking Marijuana on the Lungs, if you take biopsies from the airways of those who smoke “cocaine, cannabis, and/or tobacco,” compared to nonsmokers, there is significantly more damage in the lungs of people who smoke, whether cocaine, marijuana, or tobacco. What’s more, the levels of damage seemed comparable, especially between the marijuana smokers and tobacco smokers. This is remarkable since the tobacco smokers were smoking about a pack a day, whereas the marijuana smokers were only smoking about 20 joints a week, rather than 25 cigarettes a day, and those smoking cocaine were just doing a gram or