Chocolate, No Indulgence Required

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

Did you know that cocoa powder earns three Guiding Stars? It’s true! On its own, cocoa is high in iron, dietary fiber, and a couple of other important nutrients. The reason chocolate gets a bad rap is that, in order to balance its natural bitterness, it’s often paired with added sugar and saturated fat. Neither is necessary! Pair cocoa powder with fruit for sweetness (plus fiber and a great range of nutrients) and plain, non-fat yogurt for creaminess (and protein), and you’ve got a winning nutritional combination that tastes like a “sometimes” food.

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The Secret to Vegan “Cheese”

Cashew Cheese Sauce

Cheese sauce is a treat many of us enjoy, no doubt. And many of us rarely indulge because it’s very much a “sometimes” food. Vegan cheese sauces, however, can be absolutely packed with nutrition. The secret to the cheesey flavor is nutritional yeast, which can generally be found in either the natural foods section or the spice section of your grocery store.

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Cherry Holidays

Cherry Cobbler

A dessert with no added sugar or artificial sweeteners does not need to be a disappointing compromise on the holiday table, and this dish is all the proof you’ll need. During the winter holidays, fresh cherries aren’t available, so look for frozen. They’ll work just as well. Topped with whole grains and sweetened with fiber-rich dates, this dessert will be safer for diabetic guests, more nutritious for everyone, and loved by all.

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Red & Green Delight

Mediterranean Roasted Broccoli & Tomatoes

The varying color of vegetables provides wonderful opportunities to echo the colors of the season on your table to add festive cheer and great nutrition in a single dish. If red and green aren’t your decor colors for the holiday season, consider using the flavorful elements of this dish with veggies that are. Cauliflower could bring in white, and purple potatoes a hint of blue. More veggies on the table, no matter the color, means healthier holidays for all.

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